FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) announced today that subsidiaries of the Company have completed the sale of their ownership interest in two Mississippi hospitals and their associated assets to subsidiaries of Curae Health, Inc. Facilities divested are 95-bed Merit Health Gilmore Memorial in Amory and 112-bed Merit Health Batesville in Batesville. The effective date of the transaction is May 1, 2017. With the divestiture of the Amory and Batesville hospitals, Community Health Systems affiliates continue to operate ten hospitals in Mississippi.
Transfer of the lease and associated assets for 181-bed Merit Health Northwest Mississippi in Clarksdale is expected to be completed during the second quarter.
The hospitals in this transaction are part of the planned hospital divestitures previously discussed. The Company will provide an update on its divestiture activity on its first quarter 2017 earnings call scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Central time, 12:00 p.m. Eastern time, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
About Community Health Systems, Inc.
Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 146 affiliated hospitals in 21 states with an aggregate of approximately 24,000 licensed beds. The Company’s headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.” More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.chs.net.
Statements contained in this news release regarding potential transactions, operating results, and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.