What to do when it’s Breast Cancer

Cancer does not discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or inactive, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. For women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) in the nation. In fact, one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That’s why the conversation on breast cancer is front and center every October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understanding breast cancer is important. The annual campaign to increase awareness, raise funds and educate people on detection, diagnosis and… Read more.

Englebright Nurses Unite

HCA Chief Nursing Officer Speaks on Nurse Talent, Pride

Earlier this week, two hosts on the television show The View started a firestorm of conversation regarding their remarks about Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson and her monologue during the talent segment of the Miss America pageant.  I’ve been amazed at the surge in nurse pride on social media and throughout the world. As the chief nurse executive and patient safety officer at HCA, one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, I’d like to share my thoughts on the incredible work our 70,000 HCA-affiliated nurses do every day to provide quality care for our patients. Nurse talent is an interesting concept. … Read more.


Surviving the Storm: Dr. Beck Weathers of Feature Film “Everest” & HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital

Left for dead on Mount Everest, Medical City Dallas Hospital pathologist Dr. Beck Weathers discusses his 1996 near-death experience. Watch Dr. Weathers describe the results of the innovative reconstructive surgery he received at HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital that allows him to lead a normal life as a doctor and a motivational speaker. Dr. Beck Weathers also talks about the movie Everest, in which his character is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin.


Code Ready: Recognizing National Preparedness Month

September is known for the change of seasons, back to school and football.  It is also National Preparedness Month.  Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual outreach to strengthen our country’s resilience to disasters.  As a healthcare company, we have a duty to make sure that our healthcare facilities are operational during a natural, technological or man-made event and that each patient, physician and our communities are prepared individually. HCA has a comprehensive program to assist individuals and our facilities during a disaster.  Our Code Ready program provides information on how… Read more.


9/11: Honoring First Responders & Healthcare Providers in our Communities

On this 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, we have the opportunity to remember and reflect on the memory of those lost on that day and the heroism of everyday citizens, firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses who responded to the emergencies. Every day, first responders and our medical professionals in HCA facilities across the country stand ready to save lives in the communities we serve. Like our firefighter and paramedic partners, moments of great tragedy often deeply connect community members with their healthcare providers. In the spirit of this connection and service to… Read more.


Celebrating Hope Fund Week: Q&A with Joanne Pulles

Joanne Pulles, HCA vice president of community relations and president of the HCA Hope Fund, described the work of the 501(c)(3) charity that has helped over 18,000 HCA families in 10 years and talked about how they’re celebrating a Decade of Hope. During our talk, she expressed that, for HCA employees, whether you’re in Alaska, Florida or Texas…a nurse, doctor or CEO, the Hope Fund connects us all. It’s the culture of HCA – to help people. We asked her a few questions to learn more. What is the HCA Hope Fund? The HCA Hope Fund is a public charity… Read more.


Technology in the NICU

In today’s digital age, we should all “unplug,” take a technology “fast,” or go “off the grid” every now and then. Maintaining connectivity 24/7 can, quite frankly, cause anxiety, stress and all around F.O.M.O. (Fear of Missing Out). But, for some new mothers at HCA’s Rose Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, technology has become a welcomed addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). NICU nurses at the facilities are using Apple FaceTime on iPads in order for new parents to connect with their newborns in isolation. Approximately 20 families have already benefited from FaceTime at both… Read more.

Dr. LeMaistre

Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network’s Tulane Medical Center Receives International Accreditation

Did you know every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer? And that it takes a team approach to more effectively treat blood cancer? That is why Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer enterprise, formed the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network that brings together leading providers of blood cancer care for patients seeking treatment. HCA’s Tulane Medical Center, a member of the Blood Cancer Network, recently announced that it is now internationally recognized by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the threshold for excellence in blood and marrow transplants. Founded in 1994, Tulane Medical Center’s Bone Marrow… Read more.


How Two TriStar Hospitals Became StormReady

Hospitals achieve StormReady designations from the National Weather Service After a major weather event, a hospital is where local residents head to get injuries treated. That’s as it should be, but two HCA hospitals are working to be the place where the community goes before the weather turns serious as well. TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center and TriStar Summit Medical Center are recognized as StormReady communities by the National Weather Service (NWS). This means that each facility has met rigorous standards for emergency first responder, patient, visitor and staff preparedness in the event of a natural disaster or serious weather event,… Read more.

Johanna Bendell

Sarah Cannon Expert Comments on Former President Carter’s Cancer Announcement

Dr. Johanna Bendell, Director of the GI Cancer Research Program and Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of HCA’s global cancer enterprise Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC Thursday morning to provide insight on former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s recent cancer announcement. Dr. Bendell discusses the brief statement released by the former president and the positive impact the president’s active lifestyle may have on his treatment options. Sarah Cannon provides state-of-the-art cancer care and access to clinical trials close to home for hundreds of thousands… Read more.

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