March 9, 2011 / 5:18 AM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Hospital operator HCA goes public again

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Key dates in the history of HCA, which is due to go public on Wednesday:

1968: Nashville, Tennessee, physician Thomas Frist Sr., along with his son Thomas Frist Jr. and Jack Massey, form Hospital Corporation of America.

1969: With 11 hospitals, HCA files for an initial public offering of common stock.

1988: HCA goes private in a $5.1 billion leveraged buyout.

1992: HCA goes public again.

1994: Merges with Columbia Healthcare Corp, combining the nation’s two largest hospital chains.

1999: Spins off LifePoint Hospitals and Triad Hospitals.

2006: HCA goes private once more in a $21 billion deal excluding debt involving Bain Capital, KKR (KKR.N), Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Citigroup Inc (C.N) and HCA founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist Jr.

2010: HCA files to become a publicly traded company for the third time in its history.

2011: Latest stock offering expected to take place at a projected price of $27 to $30 per share.

Reporting by Susan Kelly

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