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HCA Co-Founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr. Inducted Into Healthcare Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced that Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., a co-founder of HCA and former Chairman and CEO, has been inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame.

Sponsored by Modern Healthcare, the Healthcare Hall of Fame honors individuals who bring a legacy of enthusiasm, vision, and perseverance to the healthcare industry. This spirit of leadership has already been recognized in sixty-four inductees, including Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., who was inducted in 1990. The addition of Dr. Frist, Jr. this year makes them the Hall of Fame's first father-son pair.

"As a co-founder of HCA, a pioneer in our industry and a mentor to many, Tommy is certainly deserving of this tribute," said Jack O. Bovender Jr., Chairman and CEO of HCA. "The success of HCA, and his personal impact on the lives of countless employees, patients and physicians is a testament to the patients-first philosophy he has championed over the years. His legacy of bettering the human condition is lived every day across the country where hospitals deliver quality care and whole communities benefit from his many charitable contributions."

Dr. Frist began his career shortly after his service as a military flight surgeon. In 1968, he founded HCA in Nashville, with his father, the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., and the late Jack C. Massey. In 1977, Dr. Frist became President of HCA and subsequently became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 1987. Upon the merger of HCA with Columbia in February 1994, Dr. Frist served as Chairman of the Board and later as Vice Chairman, following the company's April 1995 merger with HealthTrust Inc. He returned as Chairman and CEO of the company in 1997. He was Chairman and CEO until January 2001 and Chairman until January 2002.

He served as Vice President of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1995-1997. The founder of United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Way of America in 1995. From 1984 to 1995, Dr. Frist served on the Board of Directors of IBM, and was the 1999-2000 Chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, Dr. Frist is Chairman of the Board of The Frist Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A member of the Business Council, Dr. Frist also serves on the boards of Harvard Business School and Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and is Chairman of the Nashville Healthcare Council's 2002-2003 Board of Directors.

A native of Nashville, Dr. Frist received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and his M.D. degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He was born on August 12, 1938.

All references to "Company" and "HCA" as used throughout this document refer to HCA Inc. and its affiliates.

SOURCE HCA

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