Doctor’s Note: Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips from TriStar Centennial’s ER

If your Thanksgiving holiday traditions include a family feast, football and Black Friday, you’re in good company. Many American families will celebrate the upcoming holiday by participating in one or more of those annual rituals, while also reflecting on the blessings of 2015. As an emergency medicine physician with HCA’s TriStar Health, I hope that you enjoy your holiday traditions, whatever they may be, without incident or a trip to the ER. Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel period of the year with millions of Americans traveling to their holiday destination by car.  According to the Centers for Disease Control,… Read more.


The Joint Commission Recognizes 106 HCA Hospitals as Top Performers

It was announced today that 106 of HCA’s licensed hospitals in the U.S. were included among The Joint Commission’s (TJC) new list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®. Of the HCA hospitals recognized, 43 have been Top Performers all five years of the program’s existence. TJC’s Top Performers program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measures related to evidence-based care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, immunization and perinatal care. More than three-quarters (78 percent) of our hospitals have been recognized for their consistent achievement of… Read more.


Living with Diabetes: H2U Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

As the H2U Connected Care Manager at HCA’s Wellness Center, it’s my goal to help people live healthier and happier lives.  From health information for disease prevention or management to recipes and real life stories you can relate to, our program can help participants achieve their health goals by making lifestyle improvements. Making healthy meal choices and lifestyle changes is particularly important for people living with diabetes. As we recognize American Diabetes Month® and this year’s theme, Eat Well, America!, here are some tips on nutrition by way of our most frequently asked questions. How can a registered dietitian help… Read more.

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Celebrating HCA Military Spouses: Kimberly Johnson Profile

As HCA celebrates military veterans this week, we also want to recognize our military spouses. In 2015, HCA has hired over 1,160 military spouses and was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse Employer® for the third year in a row. Our relationship with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), part of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, helps in our recruitment efforts.  The goal of the MSEP is to connect military spouses with organizations like ours who pledge to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. Kimberly Johnson, director of marketing and public relations for… Read more.


Honoring our HCA Veterans

On this Veterans Day, HCA would like to extend our gratitude to the U.S. military veterans who have honorably served our great country.  In particular, we would like to honor all of our colleagues who are military veterans, along with their spouses and families. As we honor our veterans, let’s always remember their service and sacrifice.  No matter when someone served or in what capacity, it’s never too late to thank them.  A simple, but heartfelt, “thank you for your service” will honor those who selflessly served our country and protected our freedoms. I am proud to share the U.S.… Read more.


HCA’s Cultural Inclusion Series Welcomed Acclaimed Dance Company

At HCA, we strive to embrace the differences that make us unique. That’s why in 2007 we launched the Cultural Inclusion Series (CIS) to provide our employees with original, educational and thought-provoking artistic presentations. The program, an International Innovation in Diversity award winner, is a unique learning tool that provides greater cultural understanding and a platform for informal diversity education. Last week, the CIS welcomed AXIS Dance Company – one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities – to our corporate office in Nashville. The Oakland based company specializes in contemporary, physically integrated… Read more.


National Diabetes Month: Raising Awareness and Reducing Your Risk

  Diabetes by the Numbers Did you know 21 million Americans have diabetes? And every year, 1.7 million Americans aged 20 years or older are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease?  That means 4,660 people per day and one person every 19 seconds are diagnosed with diabetes. If this trend continues, it’s estimated as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. November is National Diabetes Month, and at HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center, we are joining the conversation to raise public awareness about this health challenge, provide ways to reduce… Read more.

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How HCA’s Mobility Center of Excellence Seeks to Transform Care Experience

Mobile technology is outpacing just about every other area of information technology. That’s why HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S) department has created a Mobility Center of Excellence (COE) to better serve our physicians, nurses and most importantly, our patients. The Center of Excellence will assist IT&S development teams with determining build versus buy decisions and advising on best practices for functionality, presentation and information protection. Our Vision for Physicians We know mobile devices are in the hands of just about every physician. We are giving them the tools to spend less time on technology and more time devoted to… Read more.


HCA Chief Medical Officer Discusses the Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs in America.  It has been estimated that at least half of all antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary.  The misuse and overuse of antibiotics have caused bacteria to adapt, antibiotics to become less effective; and strains of bacteria now resist treatment with antibiotics – resulting in “superbugs.” HCA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to promote good stewardship of antibiotics and to help prevent infections.  For more information and to find out what you can do, view the video below. You may also visit to learn more.  

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Dr. Erika Hamilton Appears on CNN to Discuss American Cancer Society’s New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN today regarding the American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines just released. New screening guidelines state that women should begin getting mammograms at age 45 instead of 40 and all women can forego routine manual breast checks by physicians. One of the reasons surrounding these changes are that mammograms have a fairly high false-positive rate and the chance of false-positives increase under age 45 as women in this… Read more.

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