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CHS Acquires 10th PA Hospital

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2009

Community Health Systems, Inc. has expanded its presence in the Keystone State with the acquisition Friday of Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The system includes Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a 392-bed, acute-care hospital, First Hospital Wyoming Valley, a behavioral health facility in Kingston, PA, and other outpatient and ancillary services. Wilkes-Barre General Hospital becomes the tenth CHS-affiliated acute care hospital in Pennsylvania.

"We are pleased to broaden our presence in Pennsylvania and look forward to implementing our proven operating strategies to enhance healthcare services for residents of Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding communities," says Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of CHS.

Franklin, TN-based CHS is the largest publicly-traded hospital company in the United States and operates general acute-care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. CHS owns, leases, or operates 122 hospitals in 29 states representing approximately 18,000 licensed beds.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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