More than 7,000 miles away from its Nashville headquarters, Chinaco breaks ground on its first hospital. The project is a $120-million, 500-bed facility in the Chinese city of Cixi.

CHC holds a 70% stake in the joint venture, organized with the municipal government of Cixi. The facility, International Hospital, opens its doors in August 2013 — 45 years after cofounder Tommy First Jr.’s first HCA hospital.

This project marks the first international public-private health care partnership of its kind and signifies the global scope of Nashville health care industry.