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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses HCA’s Recent $1M Donation for Ebola Response

In this video, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jon Perlin discusses the recent donation of $1M to the CDC Foundation to help in the fight against ebola and the reasons why the donation was made. The number of individuals infected with the Ebola virus doubles approximately every three weeks with more than 5,800 cases, based on the latest estimates. Tragically, the number of deaths has increased from 1,500 to more than 2,800 in the same time period. These numbers are only expected to climb without immediate action.

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.

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.

Improving Employee Wellness – American Heart Association’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.

Helping Cardiac Patients with the Echo Alert Protocol

The annual Innovators Award challenge brings out HCA’s best thinkers . In 2013,  more than 1,500 ideas were submitted, and winners were chosen at every facility and at the division level. From those, three national winners have been announced. Each national winner received $10,000, as well as the “Tommy” award, a likeness of company founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

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