Settling into retirement … as a nurse?

Air Force vet opts for a busy hospital ER as the setting for “Career 2.5” After years of flying in F-11, F-4 and F-18 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Col. Byron Nash wasn’t quite sure what to do with himself when he landed for the last time. The open days of retirement loomed, and at first he opted to fill them by working in the defense industry. That didn’t last long.


The Leading Cause of Burns Among Children – Doctors Hospital Reveals

Hardly a day goes by that Dr. Fred Mullins and the other medical professionals at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., don’t see a child who has been burned by hot water.

Kid Friendly Coral City

Kid Friendly

Pediatrics grows across HCA through expanded services and facilities Good things come in small packages, and that includes HCA’s youngest patients. HCA facilities saw more than 210,000 births in 2013, and for the last several years, the company also has been working to grow its efforts in pediatric care. The results of those initiatives can be seen across the country. In Texas, it’s new emergency departments and waiting rooms. In Tennessee, it’s new services and renovated patient floors and programs. Colorado soon will have a new, freestanding pediatric ED facility. Everywhere it’s bold, bright colors and a commitment to giving… Read more.


HCA Medical Breakthrough: How Clinical Trials at Sarah Cannon are Leading to New Breakthroughs in Cancer Therapies

Breakthroughs in cancer research have been gaining momentum over the last few years, and particularly in 2014 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 19 new cancer drugs. Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer enterprise, was instrumental in advancing 13 of these new therapies through clinical trials prior to their original FDA approval. Over its 20-year history of bringing clinical trials closer to patients in a community setting, Sarah Cannon has been able to see thousands of patients benefit from such new treatment options.


INFOGRAPHIC: Ready Nashville Fire Safety Knock and Walk Event Can Save Lives

UPDATE: The Fire Safety Knock and Walk on MLK Day (detailed below) was a huge success! There were 105 volunteers who installed 130 smoke alarms for free. If you’d like to see pictures of the event, please visit the Nashville Red Cross’ Facebook Page. In 2013, one U.S. home fire was reported to a local authority every 85 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That means by the time you finish reading this post, another call for help will have been made. But there are steps we can all take to be safe and this weekend, HCA/Parallon is… Read more.

Mike's Hiking for Heroes

Honoring the Fallen

HCA puts its muscle behind Mike’s Hiking for Heroes When his military service ended, Mike Viti took a position at HCA, thanks to its strong veteran-recruitment program. However, his thoughts never strayed far from those still in combat, and the thousands of men and women who have given their lives during the Global War on Terror. So, along with several longtime friends from the United States Military Academy and active-duty service, many of whom also are HCA employees, he launched Mike’s Hiking for Heroes, a walk across the United States to honor every service member who has died during the… Read more.


85% of HCA Hospitals Named Top Performers by The Joint Commission

Eighty-five percent of HCA’s hospitals are on The Joint Commission’s (TJC) top performers list, as compared to 36.9 percent of all TJC-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2013. Of the 115 HCA hospitals recognized, 48 have been Top Performers all four years of the program’s existence. Below is a quick video from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jon Perlin discussing the significance of this recognition.   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,… Read more.


Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips from the Joesph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital

As cooks begin preparations for Thanksgiving meals, there’s one ingredient Dr. Fred Mullins hopes they won’t forget: a three-foot safe zone in the kitchen. “While that will not prevent every burn, it will certainly help keep little ones away from hot surfaces, scalding foods and other dangerous items,” said Dr. Mullins, the president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., and the medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. “Like seasonings, a little bit of preparation and prevention can go a long way. In fact, if a child must be in the… Read more.


Doug Turner – From Navy Submarine to Chief Information Officer

This week (and month) we’re taking some time to focus on those HCA employees who have served our country in the armed forces. We’ve already highlighted how important it is to HCA to hire more veterans  – you saw this infographic right? Well, today I want to introduce to one of our leaders in IT&S. Doug Turner joined the Navy right out of high school and spent a majority of his time in the confined space of a U.S. submarine. I get claustrophobic just thinking about it. Today, Doug is the Chief Information Officer for our Physician Services Group. I was curious… Read more.


Veterans Day – Honoring Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day is a special time for all Americans. It gives us a chance to pause and celebrate those men and women who have made personal sacrifices to protect and preserve the freedom that every citizen holds dear. At HCA we’re proud to have so many veterans who’ve decided to work with us after separating from their military careers. In the last two years alone, we’ve hired more than 4,000 veterans. Every Veterans Day we take time to thank and honor those employees who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. This year is no exception. During… Read more.

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