HCA’s TriStar Chief Kloess to Retire

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HCA (NYSE:HCA) today announced that Lawrence H. Kloess III, president of the company's TriStar Division, will retire effective December 31, 2011. The TriStar Division is comprised of 17 hospitals and 9 surgery centers in Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky, including seven facilities in HCA's hometown market of Middle Tennessee. A search is underway for his replacement.

Paul Rutledge, Central Group President for HCA, commented, “I have known Larry as a colleague and friend for many years and have admired him not only for his professionalism, but for his community commitment, compassion, and personal integrity. He will be missed.”

Kloess is a health care executive with 34 years of leadership experience in hospital and physician group management, 28 of which have been with HCA. Before taking on his current role in 2005, Kloess held a number of positions within the company, beginning in 1983 as the Assistant Administrator at Largo Medical Center in Clearwater, Florida. He subsequently served as the CEO at Scott General Hospital in Georgetown, Kentucky, and as the CEO for Hendersonville Hospital in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

In 1995, he became the CEO for Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe, Texas, a 260-bed tertiary teaching hospital in the suburbs of Houston. The hospital was the combination of two competing facilities, which Kloess successfully merged.

Kloess became the President and CEO of Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, HCA's 688-bed tertiary "flagship" hospital, in 1998. Through his leadership, the facility expanded its medical staff and clinical services, and became nationally recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in the specialties of cardiovascular services, heart surgery, stroke services, orthopedics, and cancer.

Kloess has a bachelor's degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is board-certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Kloess has been active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of various community organizations, including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He currently serves on the boards of Alive Hospice and the PENCIL Foundation. He is the current chair of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors.

All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used through this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.


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