Today marks the beginning of National Hospital Week, a time to celebrate more than 230,000 HCA employees, who every day pursue our mission of the care and improvement of human life. This year’s Hospital Week theme, “Healthcare from the Heart,” is especially fitting for HCA because our company was founded by physicians who believed that the best healthcare comes from the heart. By putting the patient’s experience at the center, HCA employees provide the highest-quality care and, just as importantly, do so with compassion and kindness. We are proud of HCA’s 2015 accomplishments, and more so, that we accomplished them… Read more.
“You can’t be what you can’t see.” So, Sasha Pickett, manager of digital services for HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S), launched a local movement to diversify, and ultimately, change the face of technology. In 2013, with the green light from HCA’s Chief Information Officer Marty Paslick, she founded IT Girls – a mentoring program that pairs women in technology at our Nashville-based headquarters with young ladies at John Overton High School. The three-year effort to raise girls’ awareness of career opportunities in technology has led to nearly 500 budding female techies in Middle Tennessee. And Pickett – the force… Read more.
Whether you’ve been following the NBA or NHL playoffs or took in the English Premier League soccer championships, it’s been an exciting time in sports the past several weeks. The thrill of watching your favorite sports team and player succeed, the camaraderie shared with friends and strangers, and the roller coaster ride of emotions after pulling off a last-second victory is only hampered by the one thing (besides losing) fans dread most – an injury. Just over one week ago, Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry, arguably the best player in the NBA, suffered a grade 1 MCL sprain… Read more.
Graduation season is upon us, and at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, their graduates’ journies are different than most. Once preemie patients in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), alumni and their families exit those hospital doors with renewed hope for the future. But how would one celebrate their 10-year graduation from the NICU? For triplets Luke, Taya and Brady Swarts, that’s simple – bring gifts to the current students. The former NICU grads of the HCA-affiliated Kansas hospital recently returned to celebrate their 10th birthday, and in rare pre-teen fashion, requested gifts for their kindred spirits in the NICU… Read more.
“It was all a dream…” Rob Horton – a member of the HCA family by day and Belmont University Healthcare MBA program by night – is also a full-time dream chaser and community do-gooder whose vision to help Nashville residents sustain a better, healthier lifestyle resulted in his “grow your own” urban farming initiative called the Trap Garden. Horton, who works in HCA’s Clinical Services Group, founded the community garden after realizing the need for and limited access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy snack options in low-income neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s what’s considered a “food desert,” Horton says,… Read more.
Country music artist Chris Stapleton’s debut solo album earned him bona fide superstar status complete with Grammys, Country Music Award (CMA) honors and, last Sunday, a slew of trophies from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). And now, with his recently released song, “Fire Away”, the triple threat – singer, songwriter and producer – is lending his celebrity to shine a light on a disorder that disables millions of Americans – mental illness. And HCA’s TriStar Portland Emergency Room was there to help. The reality is, mental illness is real – and has been a topic of taboo for far too… Read more.
As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the nation, HCA is committed to the care and improvement of human life. We demonstrate this commitment through service to our patients, in our communities and for one another. But what most don’t know is our interest in protecting the environment – a natural extension of our mission – through company-wide sustainability efforts. HCA has organized its sustainability initiatives under the Sustainability Steering Committee, chaired by Alan Yuspeh, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, where four task forces work on environmental issues with company-wide application: Construction and… Read more.
Rose Medical Center, AirLife Denver and Swedish Medical Center – members of HealthONE, a division of HCA – worked together to save a pregnant mother from a sudden stroke. Discover how the various moving parts, quick thinking teams and a mother’s will to live sparked this incredible success story. It’s a Stroke Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to HCA-affiliate Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. The treatment team quickly performed an… Read more.
Remember the Wrigley’s Doublemint gum commercial ads of the 80s and 90s? It featured sets of real life twins and the popular slogan, “Double Your Pleasure®, Double Your Fun™.” Well, nothing is surer than that for identical twin sisters Kelli Wall and Kerri Bunker, who have proved time and again, two is better than one. The 36-year old twins recently delivered their second set of doubles weeks apart at HCA-affiliate Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah. This time around Wall had a boy and a girl, while Bunker delivered twin boys. It was a déjà vu delivery for the hospital… Read more.
Do you find yourself feeling sad, irritable and downright depressed during the winter months? Chances are, your mood can be linked to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – a type of depression triggered by the change in seasons. During the winter – in the northern climates, at least – there is little exposure to natural light. You go to work when it’s dark and go home when it’s dark; sometimes you’re in an office with no windows and little natural light, and between all those things, it can affect your body’s chemistry, metabolism, and in some cases, your mood. There’s a… Read more.