Health Management Promotes D. Melody Trimble to President of the Company's Southern and Western Group

Nursing background enhances Trimble’s leadership

NAPLES, FL (November 28, 2012) Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced today it has promoted D. Melody Trimble to president of the company’s Southern and Western Group, which includes 26 hospitals in seven states. The promotion is effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Trimble, who joined Health Management in 1991, is being promoted from her position as Vice President and Market CEO of Health Management’s Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center in Arkansas; she assumed that role in 2009. Before that, Trimble held several key executive positions at Health Management facilities, including: CEO of Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Florida and Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina; and Director of Nursing, Associate Administrator and COO positions at Midwest Regional Medical Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Trimble earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s in nursing from the University of Kentucky.

In her new role, Trimble will report to Gary D. Newsome, President and CEO of Health Management.

“Melody has been a successful leader throughout her career at Health Management, most recently by growing Sparks into the thriving health system it is today,” Newsome said. “With her nursing background, she understands the vital role nurses play in working with physicians to provide high-quality care with a human touch to our patients, and now she can bring that perspective to a larger group of our hospitals.”

Health Management recognizes the important perspective nurses bring in executive leadership roles. Last month, the company promoted Pamela Rudisill, DNP, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, to fill a newly created position of Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, to ensure nurses have a strong voice in corporate-level discussions of care delivery, quality and safety.

Trimble will replace Joe D. Pinion, who recently announced his retirement from the company effective at the end of the year. Pinion has agreed to be a consultant to Health Management for a transitional period.

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 70 hospitals with approximately 10,500 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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