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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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Sarah Cannon Featured on Fox & Friends

Sarah Cannon cancer experts and leadership appeared on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, April 29 to discuss the encouraging advances being made in cancer care. Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer enterprise, is a world leader in clinical trials and immunotherapy, conducting more than 500 clinical trials annually. In the Fox & Friends segment, Sarah Cannon’s CEO, Dee Anna Smith, along with Drs. Burris,  Bendell, Hamilton and Spigel gave updates on the research surrounding colon, breast and lung cancers. View the segment here or watch below:

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How HCA Recycles Tons of Construction Debris & Materials Today for Use Tomorrow

HCA is serious about sustainability.  Most people think being “green” in our hospitals means closer management of medical waste, optimizing energy efficiency with heat and air systems and controlling lighting when areas are not in use.  But what about buildings that have served their useful life?  Each year HCA may replace and often reconfigures and enlarges existing facilities.  The HCA Design & Construction Department (D&C) has been overseeing efforts to recycle construction waste and demolition materials since 2009.  Just from 2012-2014 more than 114,000 tons of debris have been diverted from landfills.  Sound like a lot?  HCA construction projects recycled… Read more.

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The Powerful Potential of Gigabit Internet

HCA’s IT&S department looks to improve patient care with Google Fiber’s upcoming launch in Nashville.

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