LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (LifePoint), through its subsidiaries, operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities in the United States. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated 54 hospital campuses in 18 states, having a total of 6,048 licensed beds. It generates revenue through hospital services offered at its facilities. In January, 2011, the Company formed a joint venture with Duke University Health System (Duke), with an objective to own and operate community hospitals, as well as improve the delivery of healthcare services in North Carolina. The Company�s hospitals provide the range of medical and surgical services. 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 its hospitals, specialized services, such as open-heart surgery, skilled nursing, psychiatric care and neuro-surgery.