The concept of “Primum non nocere” or “First, do no harm” is not only applicable to physicians and emergency personnel but also is instructive to us in our approach to HMA. As a large and important hospital operator in the U.S., we recognize the vital role that the Company plays in delivering critical healthcare services to patients each year. We also recognize that the employees and associates of HMA are engaged in life‐saving work and must have an ability to maintain focus, quality and continuity of care through any corporate transition that occurs in a boardroom or management headquarters. It is with this overriding principle that we have sought to fully identify and assemble a Board with broad skills, deep experience and the ability to immediately assume the oversight duties required in this situation, and that concurrently we have identified ready, willing and able management talent with proven track records of success through crisis situations within health care delivery providers. The risk to patients, associates, payors, bondholders and shareholders alike is minimized through an expeditious process and transition, which is why shareholders should act urgently to support such a plan forward.