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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.

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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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A Conversation at INFORMS: Big Data, Big Questions, Quicker Solutions

Data – it’s a by-product of the care we are privileged to provide.  “Big data” can help us improve the quality of care, reduce costs for millions, and ultimately, save lives. As healthcare professionals, we depend on and benefit from patient care data in order to inform and improve future treatment. At HCA, we are fortunate to have access to data across 168 hospitals and 20 million patient encounters a year.

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Infectious Disease Boot Camp

Being prepared to serve our communities during times of disaster, of all types, is a responsibility that HCA takes very seriously.  During the first week of June, representatives from each HCA hospital and division office participated in a “Boot Camp” to prepare for infectious disease crises.  Last fall, Ebola dominated the headlines in this country.  The seven patients treated in the US and the thousands of patients screened taught us a lot about our strengths as well as the challenges of responding to this type of crisis. The HCA Boot Camp was a two-day course preparing HCA facilities to manage… Read more.

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HCA employee assists in Nepal earthquake relief effort

In the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, there have not only been stories of incredible loss, but also inspirational stories of true selflessness in the face of a natural disaster. One of HCA’s own, Nancy Malhotra, director of trauma services at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, was one of the many international visitors who were part of the volunteer relief effort directly following the quake. Nancy was with her husband and her stepdaughter hiking near Mount Everest when the massive earthquake struck during their return trek. Hours later, the entire family was at the forefront of… Read more.

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HCA Awards of Distinction and the Frist Humanitarian Awards

HCA today will present the 2014 HCA Awards of Distinction to five recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which annually honor an employee, physician and volunteer, each of whom embody HCA co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Sr.’s volunteer spirit and compassion. The HCA Awards of Distinction also include the HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards, a new honor that celebrates HCA nurses who promote professional mentorship and compassionate care.

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Dr. Jonathan Perlin – Chairman of the American Hospital Association

The investiture ceremony for Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, President, HCA Clinical Services Group and Chief Medical Officer, as the Chairman of the American Hospital Association was held at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. recently.

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National Nurses Week is an Appropriate Time for Reflection

National Nurses Week 2015, (May 6-12) is a great time for nurses to take stock of who we are, where we are and where we are going. Personally, I think this is a great time to be a nurse at HCA. The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformative change and HCA-affiliated nurses have a front row seat. As a nurse at one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, we can both witness and influence change.

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VIDEO: Happy Nurses Week!

Every day of the year, HCA-affiliated nurses engage with people at some of the most profound moments in their lives. These are sometimes life’s most joyous moments, like welcoming a new baby into the world. At other times, those moments can be life’s most difficult and sorrowful. In each of those moments of every day, across clinical and administrative roles, across the continuum-of-care settings and into the executive suites, we are thankful that HCA nurses are there.

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HCA Pledges Up to $1 Million for Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the unthinkable stories of the widespread destruction caused by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal on Saturday, April 25. It is estimated that more than five thousand people lost their lives in the aftermath of the quake, and many more are presumed dead or missing. HCA has pledged up to $1 million to international disaster relief organizations to assist with earthquake relief efforts.

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