Community Health Systems appoints Elizabeth Hirsch to its Board of Directors

– USA, TN –  Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) today announced the appointment of Elizabeth T. Hirsch to its Board of Directors for a term expiring at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

As of December 11, 2018, the Company’s board members are: John A. Clerico, Michael Dinkins, James S. Ely III, John A. Fry, Tim L. Hingtgen, Elizabeth T. Hirsch, W. Norris Jennings, M.D., K. Ranga Krishnan, MBBS, Julia B. North (Lead Director), Wayne T. Smith, and H. James Williams, PhD.

“Elizabeth Hirsch brings valuable insight in the areas of accounting and finance to the CHS board,” said Wayne T. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc. “Her educational background and years of experience as a senior accounting and finance executive in a large publicly traded corporation will provide beneficial perspective and strengthen an already outstanding group of directors.”

About Elizabeth Hirsch

Hirsch, age 65, served as vice president and controller of Praxair, Inc., a supplier of industrial gases and coatings and related healthcare services and technologies, from 2010 until her retirement in August 2016. In that role, she was responsible for Praxair’s global financial statement consolidation and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. Prior to becoming controller, Hirsch served as a director and then vice president of investor relations for Praxair from 2002 until 2010. In that role she was recognized as the Best Investor Relations Professional in the Chemicals Sector by both buy-side and sell-side analysts in a 2011 Institutional Investor Survey. Hirsch joined Praxair in 1995 as director of corporate finance and later served as assistant treasurer. Prior to joining Praxair, she had fifteen years of experience in corporate banking, primarily at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Hirsch also serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut and on the New York advisory board of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. She holds a master’s degree in finance from New York University.

About Community Health Systems, Inc.

Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 115 affiliated hospitals in 20 states with an aggregate of approximately 19,000 licensed beds. The Company’s headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”

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