Health Management Associates Names John M. Starcher Interm President and CEO

NAPLES, FLORIDA (July 30, 2013) – Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced today that John M. Starcher Jr. has been named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2013. Mr. Starcher currently serves as Health Management’s Eastern Group President.

William J. Schoen, Chairman of the Board of Health Management Associates, said, “The Board of Directors is delighted that John Starcher will lead Health Management at this important time in the company’s history. He is a great leader with a track record of success at Health Management and throughout his career. Under John’s leadership, Health Management will continue to execute its strategic plan and take the steps necessary to complete our combination with Community Health Systems.”

Mr. Starcher, 43, joined Health Management as Eastern Group President in February 2012. He has been responsible for and has provided leadership to 23 hospitals in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Prior to joining Health Management, Mr. Starcher worked at Catholic Health Partners (“CHP”) for 13 years, where he most recently served as a Division CEO, responsible for acute care hospitals and their affiliated clinical practices in northern Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In that role, among his responsibilities for enterprise operations, he also guided the restructuring of CHP's portfolio, which included the sale of nine hospitals in two states. Prior to that, Mr. Starcher served at CHP as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. He began his health care career in academic medicine, serving six years at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center. Mr. Starcher has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a J.D. from the University of Toledo.

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," "HMA" or the "Company" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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