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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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Aiming for LEED Silver Certification at Two New Texas Hospitals

Hospitals are an essential part of a community. They help save and improve lives. But in order for them to keep operating and providing the services their community needs, hospitals require a lot of energy which can have negative impacts on the environment. In fact, Richard F. Moorer of the Department of Energy mentioned that hospitals are among the nation’s most complex and energy-intensive facilities. However, this does not mean that hospitals shouldn’t make efforts to minimize their environmental impact.

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Improving Employee Wellness – American Heart Assocation’s CEO Roundtable

HCA and CEO Milton Johnson recently joined the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, made up of more than 20 CEOs from companies around the country committed to improving employee wellness.  The Roundtable is focusing on overall health and prevention to combat a number of health problems, but its work also will go a long way toward the American Heart Association’s nationwide goal of dramatically improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans 20 percent by 2020.

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TriStar Health Wants to Know – Are You Young at Heart?

TriStar Health is based in Nashville, TN along with the HCA corporate office. If you don’t know anything about Nashville, it is a tight-knit community and prides itself on southern hospitality, togetherness and of course delicious southern food, but sometimes the southern lifestyle can quickly catch up to us.  Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds…or about the length of the video you are about to see.

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HCA Named One of the “Most Wired” Healthcare Systems Four Years Running

For a fourth consecutive year HCA has been named “Healthcare’s Most Wired” by Hospitals & Health Networks; in fact, HCA is the largest health system on the list with 165 hospitals and 42,896 beds. In our modern hospitals, information technology is vital to patient care.

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