Health Management Associates, Inc. Completes Transaction to Launch New Partnership with Bayfront Health System, St. Petersburg, Florida

Health Management Associates, Inc. Completes Transaction to Launch New Partnership with Bayfront Health System, St. Petersburg, Florida

Health Management Associates, Inc.239-598-3131Vice President of Financial Relations

today announced that a subsidiary has completed the transaction to launch a new joint venture partnership with the 480-bed Bayfront Health System, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The transaction is effective as of April 1, 2013.

Through the joint venture, Health Management now owns an 80 percent interest in Bayfront Medical Center and its related operations, and has introduced a clinical affiliation with Shands HealthCare, part of UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center. The Bayfront Health, Education and Research Organization (HERO), an independent not-for-profit created and funded by proceeds from the new partnership, will retain a 20 percent ownership in Bayfront. The joint venture is governed by local representatives of Bayfront and Health Management – and a new, entirely local hospital Board of Trustees began their service today.

“We are very excited to welcome Bayfront into Health Management’s family of hospitals,” said Gary D. Newsome, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Management. “Bayfront has a rich history of delivering quality care to their community. With its strong community support, excellent medical staff and dedicated Associates, we intend to enhance that tradition of high quality healthcare delivery through innovation and a patient-centered approach.”

Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 71 hospitals, with approximately 11,100 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States.

All references to "Health Management" and the “Company” used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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