HCA spinoff LifePoint Hospitals goes public as a two-year-old company with 21 rural hospitals to its name. The move raises approximately $100 million in net proceeds.

Three years later, LifePoint more than doubles in size when it acquires Nashville-based Province Healthcare Company, giving the organization 50 hospitals across 19 states. In 2006, Bill Carpenter will join the organization as CEO.

Now called LifePoint Health, the company remains one of the nation’s leading hospital companies, owning and operating community hospitals around the country.