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Community Health Systems

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Community Health Systems — one of the major employers in Middle Tennessee — did better than analysts expected in the first three months of the year, showing some signs of a turnaround. The Franklin-based hospital chain has struggled to turn a profit while paying down a burdensome debt load, a result primarily of acquiring the troubled Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates in 2014.

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The biggest investor in a Franklin-based hospital chain is giving a much-needed vote of confidence in a company thought to be on the verge of collapse.

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The troubled Franklin-based Community Health Systems — briefly the country's largest for-profit hospital chain — is still selling off facilities to pay down debt. And investors are pressing to know when the company will stop playing defense.

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Community Health Systems is in the process of unloading 30 hospitals and discussed plans Wednesday for another round of sell-offs. The announcement comes as the Franklin-based company is trying to climb out from under a mountain of debt.

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Nurses and doctors who work for two Franklin-based hospital chains say the companies' financial uncertainty is becoming evident on the frontlines of patient care. Several nurses spoke at the annual shareholders meetings of Community Health Systems and its recent spinoff, Quorum. Both were held Tuesday morning at the Cool Springs Marriott.