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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Hiring Veterans at HCA…We Want You!

At HCA, we know the positive difference  that hiring veterans can make. In fact, we’ve  hired more than 4,000 in the last two years alone…and we’re not done. If you’re a veteran leaving the military and are interested in healthcare, we hope you’ll find the information below helpful. Thanks you for your service and Happy Veterans Day!

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HCA Heroes – Veteran Roque Rodriguez-Urena Uses Exercise & Community to Cope with PTSD

Roque Rodriguez-Urena works at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. It’s a far cry from his days serving in the U.S. Air Force during the height of the War in Iraq in the early 2000’s. Roque was Shiftleader of Emergency Services while stationed in Iraq and in this episode of HCA Heroes, he shares openly about the impact that serving in a war zone had on him. About one in three returning troops are diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). There are a number of ways to treat PTSD and as you’ll see in the video below, Roque has found… Read more.

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Smaller Cardiac-Monitoring Device Boosts Data Collection

Cardiac event recorders help doctors and nurses monitor a heart’s electrical activity outside of the care setting. And as these  recorders have become more common, they’ve also started getting smaller. A new, implantable monitoring device is helping improve cardiac and stroke care by detecting potential problems before an event occurs. It  is a loop recorder that’s implanted into the patient’s chest wall. It is used in patients who may have irregular heartbeats, or who have had fainting episodes. The device is less than half the size of its predecessors, and that is making a notable difference in both frequency of… Read more.

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Joint & Spine Center Showcases New Technology in Hotel-Like Setting

Patients visiting the new Joint & Spine Center at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center could be forgiven for thinking they are in a hotel. The first time many staffers saw the center they made the same mistake. “It’s a 20-bed, boutique concept center,” says Tom Ozburn, CEO. “We wanted to expand our spine, orthopedic and neurosurgical offerings, but we wanted to do that in a nontraditional way. We felt like our patients were interested in care delivered from a different angle, particularly those orthopedic patients who are not sick but are just coming in for a procedure.” Ozburn and his… Read more.

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Breast Cancer Awareness – Think Pink

One out eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This October, take some time to revisit the facts about breast cancer and make the healthiest decision for you. Whether you make the decision to talk with your doctor or to help raise awareness by sharing information with your friends, everyone can do something small to help fight breast cancer. We’ve put together a short video below that highlights some of the facts about breast cancer that everyone should know.

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