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      Baptist Health announces partnership with Hot Springs Med Center

      LITTLE ROCK (Baptist Health) -- Baptist Health announced that it willbegin a long-term lease agreement with Hot Spring County Medical Center inMalvern, on January 1. At that time the hospital will be named Baptist Health MedicalCenter-Hot Spring County and will become Baptist Health's eighth hospital.

      "It's been more than a year since Hot Spring County MedicalCenter invited Baptist Health to consider partnership options, and we'reexcited that the efforts to develop a formal relationship have been successful,"said Russell D. Harrington Jr., president and CEO of Baptist Health.

      "BaptistHealth is eager to serve Hot Spring County by providing residents of this areawith the comprehensive services and resources that our healthcare system has tooffer.{} We have a proven track record of showingour long-term commitment to supporting Arkansas communities."

      Hot Spring County Medical Center is a community-basedhospital with approximately 360 employees and is licensed for 72 acute-carebeds. Hot Spring County Medical Center has been owned and operated by HotSpring County since it opened in 1923.

      "Baptist Health was our board's first choice from thebeginning, and we're very pleased the Quorum Court has supported this choice,"said Sheila Williams, CEO of Hot Spring County Medical Center. "Baptist Healthwill complement the excellent patient care that this community has come toexpect, and I know our employees look forward to being a part of such a highlyrespected system as Baptist Health."

      "Baptist Health's vision is to improve the health ofArkansans by changing the way healthcare is delivered," said Harrington.{} "We believe this partnership with Hot Spring County Medical Center will greatly benefit theresidents of this area by ensuring a strong and sustainable future forhealthcare."

      Baptist Health is the state's only Arkansas-based, locallyowned and managed, not-for-profit, and faith-based healthcareorganization.{} Baptist Health is alsoArkansas' most comprehensive healthcare organization with more than 7,300employees operating seven hospitals, not including Hot Spring County MedicalCenter.

      For more information about Baptist Health, please call Baptist HealthHealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit the website at baptist-health.com.