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Fitch to Confirm 'A/F1'Rating for Boone County, AR Var Rate Hosp. Revs, Ser 2006; Outlook Stable

  Fitch to Confirm 'A/F1'Rating for Boone County, AR Var Rate Hosp. Revs, Ser
  2006; Outlook Stable

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NEW YORK -- January 15, 2013

On the effective date of Feb. 1, 2013, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'A/F1'
rating with a Stable Outlook currently assigned to the $25,000,000 (currently
outstanding $14,490,000) Boone County, Arkansas, Variable Rate Hospital
Revenue Construction Bonds(North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Project),
Series 2006. The rating will be based on the irrevocable direct-pay substitute
letter of credit (LOC) to be provided by BOKF, NA, dba Bank of Arkansas (rated
'A/F1'; Stable Outlook by Fitch), which will secure the bonds. This rating
action is in connection with the Feb. 1, 2013 mandatory tender and reoffering
of the bonds and the provision of the substitute LOC, and will be effective on
that date.

Pursuant to the substitute LOC, the bank is obligated to make payments of
principal of and interest on the bonds upon maturity, acceleration and
redemption, as well as purchase price for tendered bonds. The rating on the
bonds will expire upon the earliest of: (a) April 16, 2016, the initial stated
expiration date of the substitute LOC, unless such date is extended; (b)
conversion of the interest rate on all the bonds to an interest rate mode
other than the weekly or flexible rate modes; (c) any prior termination of the
substitute LOC; and (d) defeasance of the bonds. The substitute LOC provides
full and sufficient coverage of principal plus an amount equal to 35 days of
interest at a maximum rate of 7% based on a year of 365 days and purchase
price for tendered bonds, while in the weekly or flexible interest rate modes.
During a flexible rate period (which can be from 1 - 270 days in length)
interest is drawn on the LOC on the last business of each month in order to
pay interest accrued for the period on the interest payment date. The
Remarketing Agent for the bonds is BOSC, Inc., a division of BOK Financial
Corp.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com. The ratings above
were solicited by, or on behalf of, the issuer, and therefore, Fitch has been
compensated for the provision of the ratings.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (Feb. 28, 2012);

--'Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds' (June 20, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=672570

Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=681737

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Contact:

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Joseph Staffa, +1-212-908-0829
Senior Director
One State Street Plaza
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Ronald P. McGovern, +1-212-908-0513
Senior Director
or
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Linda Friedman, +1-212-908-0727
Senior Director
or
Media Relations
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