Hospital operator HCA says profit, admissions rise

Tue Nov 5, 2013 8:55am EST

(Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc (HCA.N), the largest publicly owned U.S. hospital operator, on Tuesday said its third-quarter earnings rose as it admitted more patients to its facilities.

HCA, which had predicted better-than-expected results in October, reported net income of $365 million, or 79 cents a share, up from $360 million, or 78 cents a share, a year before.

(Reporting by Susan Kelly in Chicago; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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