Surgical Scrubs Suits Beauty Queen in Patient Support Role

Looks can be deceiving. Sarah Weishuhn has proven that time and again. As Miss South Carolina USA 2015, the beauty queen holds down a challenging job as a patient support technician at HCA’s Trident Medical Center and continues to silence the doubters who think she’s afraid to get her hands dirty. The glitz and glamour of the pageant circuit is nothing compared to the work she does now in the operating room of the Charleston-based hospital. Patient support techs are the unsung heroes of the OR, doing behind-the-scenes work that is rarely recognized but totally relied upon. “The patient doesn’t… Read more.


Community Day and the “Power of 10”

At HCA, we’re proud to support the communities where we live and work, and we do it in a big way. It’s part of who we are and what we are called to do – to learn, serve, give and lead through our Caring for the Community campaign. This year’s theme is the “Power of 10,” and the idea is simple.  Whether an HCA employee gives $10, one volunteer hour, or 10 volunteer hours, together, we can make a positive impact in our community. And one way our employees are giving back with “Power of 10” is through Community Day!… Read more.


In the Know: TriStar Medical Group Doctor Breaks Down Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease recently caused more than a dozen students at Florida State University to fall ill. This viral infection, not to be confused with foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs in animals only, typically affects small children and is found in daycare centers, not college campuses. So, why has hand, foot and mouth, also struck our college-aged population? “That is a little bit of a harder question, but the answer is likely multifactorial,” Dr. Matt Ducey, an HCA-affiliated TriStar Medical Group family physician, said. “First, the virus causing this particular outbreak is more contagious, making… Read more.


Las Vegas PICU Nurse is Called to Care, Adopts Abused Patient

Many of you have heard that nursing is more than a career, it’s a calling. Well, a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse at HCA-affiliate Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas brings a whole new meaning to the phrase. Her name is Kristine Hafner, and her “call to care” resulted in the adoption of one of her patients. The five-year PICU nurse at Sunrise is known to treat her patients like family. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Hafner – an advocate for foster parenting – that she would nurse an abused 11-month… Read more.


Anxious New Parents Never Leave Baby’s Side with NICU Technology at Medical Center of Trinity

Technology surrounds us everywhere in our daily lives. So why not use it to bring peace of mind to families during a difficult time? That’s exactly what we’re doing for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Medical Center of Trinity, part of HCA’s West Florida Division. After opening just shy of one year ago, our NICU, the first in Florida’s Pasco County, last week unveiled a video-streaming technology – NicView – that allows parents, family and friends to view their young loved one in real time, 24/7, through a secure online portal. All that’s required is an… Read more.


Taking Care of Our Own – HCA Hope Fund

Today marks the start of Hope Fund Week – a chance to celebrate our company’s culture of giving and serving people. At HCA, we really care about caring for each other, and our Hope Fund is the perfect example. For 11 years, this public charity, supported by our employees and for our employees, has helped more than 21,000 HCA families in need. Originating from our employees’ desire to help their colleagues after the Florida hurricanes of 2004, the Hope Fund was formalized as a charity and went into operation the next year, just in time to help after Hurricane Katrina.… Read more.

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National Preparedness Month: Prepared to Care

In an emergency – natural or man-made – everyone stands up for the benefit of the community and does what’s right: care for people. That’s why we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, plan for emergency situations, and remain at the ready for our communities in times of need. The success of preparedness is, first and foremost, having a plan in advance. Building solid relationships within that plan and before a disaster strikes are equally as important.  Take, for instance, the recent storms in Florida that resulted in a lightning strike and a subsequent power outage at affiliate Regional Medical… Read more.

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Off-Duty ER Nurse Saves a Stranger’s Life in Martial Arts Class

Little did Rex Hardin know when he woke up one morning, he had only a two percent chance of living…and an “off-duty” ER nurse from HCA’s Orange Park Medical Center would save his life. Jordana Taji, a first-year registered nurse at Orange Park Medical, and Hardin, two strangers and members of a local martial arts and fitness gym, happened to attend the same jiu-jitsu class one evening, when Hardin suddenly collapsed face down onto the floor. Taji, understanding the severity of the situation, didn’t hesitate. She began to perform CPR, with the help of three other medically trained members in… Read more.

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Home is Where the Heart Is: Women’s & Children’s Hospital CEO Talks Spirit of Staff, Community after Louisiana Flood

Growing up in a military family, I developed the ability to adapt to change very quickly. A new town, new school, new friends and new beginnings, wasn’t always easy, but it made me the person I am today. Someone who cherishes community, family and friends – that’s where my heart is, you see – right here, in Louisiana, where the state’s recent flooding has been called “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy.” As president and CEO of Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, La., an affiliate of HCA, which operates four other hospitals in… Read more.

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Chief Nursing Informatics Officer Talks Tech for Nurses

For technology serving nurses today, the key is mobility. Adding mobile technology to the nurse’s workflow allows them to get back to the bedside – right where they want, and need, to be. HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S) division wants to help nurses minimize the time required to go between fixed and mobile computing, and maximize the time they have to serve patients face-to-face. Our mobile technologies allow and empower nurses to fully realize their calling: to provide the best care. For anyone involved with mobile technology for nurses or anything that supports them, I hope you’ll take to… Read more.

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