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LifePoint Hospitals: A Bet On The Leading Rural Hospital Operator

LifePoint Hospitals (NASDAQ:LPNT) operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities in the U.S., with the operative word being "non-urban", where LifePoint avoids the highly competitive metro markets. This gives the hospital operator the largest and best positioned hospitals in its respective markets and allows LifePoint to develop its own regional network.

Company snapshot

LifePoint provides a range of medical/surgical services. These services include surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, oncology and pediatric services. As well, in many of its key markets LifePoint also provides outpatient services, i.e. same day surgery, X-ray and respiratory therapy. Its revenue breakdown includes 35% from Medicare, 14% from Medicaid and 49% from private insurers.

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