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Excellence in Medical-Surgical Nursing

Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.

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Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses HCA’s Recent $1M Donation for Ebola Response

In this video, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jon Perlin discusses the recent donation of $1M to the CDC Foundation to help in the fight against ebola and the reasons why the donation was made. The number of individuals infected with the Ebola virus doubles approximately every three weeks with more than 5,800 cases, based on the latest estimates. Tragically, the number of deaths has increased from 1,500 to more than 2,800 in the same time period. These numbers are only expected to climb without immediate action.

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HCA Gives $1 Million in Aid for Ebola Response to CDC Foundation

HCA, which operates 164 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and England, and the CDC Foundation today announced a $1 million cash donation by HCA to the CDC Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts involving the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their work with partners on the ground in West Africa.

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Building the Foundation of IT Solutions Doesn’t Necessarily Begin with Technology

Healthcare IT, in my opinion, is currently one of the most exciting areas in which to work. We build and provide IT solutions that directly improve the lives of patients while helping the medical team deliver better care to those patients. That’s not something that I, or anyone else in the HCA Information Technology & Services (IT&S) department, take lightly. Our team is committed to success and I think that’s just one of the many reasons we’re often recognized as a great place to work in IT.

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Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s Theresa Sullivan – Outstanding Army Nurse of the Year

Theresa Sullivan, RNC, Vice President of Quality/Infection Control/Risk Management/Medical Staff at HCA’s Memorial Hospital of Tampa was named the Outstanding Army Nurse of the Year by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).  Colonel Sullivan was presented the 2014 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C in recognition for work in making significant improvement of communication practices to address ongoing clinical issues and training gaps that were affecting medical care, and survivability throughout the entire theatre of Afghanistan.

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How a Healthcare System Prepares for Natural Disasters

A while back I wrote about how HCA prepares for hurricanes, 77 hospitals at a time. But hurricanes are one of many natural disasters that we have to prepare for each year. It’s true that some disasters we train for never happen but it’s still important to be prepared – just look at the recent emergency drill by New York City. And since we have hospitals across the U.S. we come into contact with a variety of incidents brought about by natural disasters. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, floods, and volcanic eruptions are just some of the emergencies that HCA has… Read more.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sweeps Across HCA Hospitals

If you’ve spent any time online in the past 30 days, you’ve likely seen various videos and pictures of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. It’s all part of a campaign to raise awareness about and donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. ALS is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. In the ice bucket challenge, a willing participant challenges a few of his or her friends to either post a video that shows them pouring ice water over their heads or make a donation to ALS research…or both! After making the challenge, that willing participant then lifts their own bucket and pours… Read more.

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What’s Your Heart’s Age? TriStar Health Can Tell You

Are you a weekend warrior? Are you one of those people who sit behind a desk all week, then fill your Saturday and Sunday with playing basketball, running or other strenuous physical activities? Being active is great for your body, but if you jump into a sports or exercise routine without the proper conditioning you may be opening yourself up to injury or worse.  Sudden, excessive workouts on the weekends can lead to serious injuries, heart attacks and even sudden cardiac death.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Child Vaccination – Fact vs Fiction

In 2013, HCA was responsible for more than 900,000 pediatric encounters with patients aged zero to five. And while our 165 hospitals treat children and adults alike, we also have more than one dozen dedicated pediatric hospitals specifically tailored for kids. August is National Immunization Awareness month and since  everyone needs to know the importance of immunizations, we’ve organized data from the CDC and World Health Organization below to help separate the facts from fiction.

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Southern Hills After School Program Introduces Students to Healthcare Careers

WHEN HE CAME TO Southern Hills Medical Center in Las Vegas four years ago, CEO Kim Anderson wanted to find ways for the hospital to partner with the community. He got his wish right away. “One way that had come to my mind was working withthe schools in some form or fashion,” Anderson says. “I recalled a program I’d seen elsewhere that brought in high school students and put them with nurses and other clinicians. We thought it was worth pursuing.” It was a natural fit for Anderson and his facility, as he was on a local high school’s advisory… Read more.

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