HCA Appoints Dr. Richard Tayrien Chief Health Information Officer

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA today announced Dr. Richard
Tayrien will become the company's Chief Health Information Officer, a new
position, effective September 21.

Tayrien, 56, will report to Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, President of HCA's
Clinical Services Group and Chief Medical Officer. He will lead an expanding
team of clinicians and informaticists and be responsible for the continued
development and implementation of hCare, HCA's comprehensive program for
advanced health information technologies. HCA's hCare builds on foundational
electronic health record functions and will include computerized provider
order entry and decision support. HCA is already among the 15% of American
hospitals that use bar-code medication administration systems. HCA's hCare
also integrates outpatient treatment into the electronic health record, and
will include patient health records that capture health information from
visits to doctors.

"During his 25 years in medicine, Dr. Tayrien has proven to be an innovator
and gifted leader," said Perlin. "He has extensive experience creating and
deploying clinical information systems that promote quality and efficiency and
improve patient safety. We are very pleased to welcome him to HCA."

Currently, Tayrien is Vice President, Clinical Information Systems for
Catholic Healthcare West, where he is responsible for strategy, development
and implementation of clinical information systems. He previously was Regional
Medical Director for Clinical Informatics at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical
Center/Barrow Neurological Institute. Tayrien practiced internal medicine for
the first 18 years of his career.

Tayrien recently served on the Inpatient Work Group of the Certification
Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an official
certification body for electronic health records. In addition, Tayrien was
recently recognized by the Association of Medical Directors of Information
Systems (AMDIS) for his leadership in the deployment of an electronic medical
record and computerized provider order entry system.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in
Tulsa, Tayrien received his undergraduate degree in biology from Northeastern
State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He is boarded in internal medicine and a
Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

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

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