LifePoint Hospitals Inc was incorporated in Delaware and was established in May 1999. The Company operates general acute care hospitals primarily in non-urban communities in the United States. As at December 31, 2013, the Company operated 60 hospital campuses in 20 states, having a total of 6,896 licensed beds. Its hospitals typically provide the medical and surgical services commonly available in hospitals in non-urban markets. These services include general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, rehabilitation services, pediatric services, and, in some of our hospitals, specialized services such as open-heart surgery, skilled nursing, psychiatric care and neuro-surgery. In many markets, it also provides outpatient services such as same-day surgery, laboratory, x-ray, respiratory therapy, imaging, sports medicine and lithotripsy. All participants in the healthcare industry are required to comply with extensive government regulations at the federal, state and local levels. Competition among healthcare providers occurs primarily at the local level.