by Shannon Sumrall, ECD | Feb 22, 2012

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, along with company officials, today announced that HCA (NYSE:HCA) plans to build a new data center at The Crossings in Antioch, Tenn. and expand its existing IT locations in the Nashville region.  The construction and expansion plans represent a total investment in excess of $200 million and the creation of approximately 155 IT jobs during a five-year period.

“HCA played a key role in establishing Middle Tennessee as the national healthcare hub it is today,” Haslam said. “We appreciate the company’s continued investment in our state and its commitment to being such a valuable community partner over the years.”

“After more than 40 years in business, HCA is a great success story for our state,” Hagerty said.  “Healthcare is a key area in which we feel Tennessee has a distinct competitive advantage, as outlined in Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan. My thanks to HCA for the additional high quality jobs they will create in Tennessee.”

HCA is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities that include 163 hospitals and 111 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England. At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. The company and its affiliates employ approximately 199,000 people.

“We are pleased to make this additional investment in Middle Tennessee to support our mission of providing quality, cost-effective healthcare services,” Richard M. Bracken, chairman and CEO, HCA, said. “We appreciate that our state and local leadership have a strong commitment to maintaining a business climate that fosters growth and encourages investment. We look forward to our continued growth in Tennessee.”

“I am grateful to HCA for its continued investment in Davidson County and for all it does as an engaged corporate leader in our community,” Dean said. “The construction of a new data center here is yet another vote of confidence in our city’s vitality, and I am pleased to see it will be located in Southeast Davidson County, one of the fastest growing areas in Nashville.

“Nashville is the nation’s healthcare capital, and HCA is one of the cornerstones of our economy,” Ralph Schulz, president & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, said.  “We are pleased that HCA continues to grow its presence in Middle Tennessee and foster an environment for job creation.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.