Category: Career Advice

Doctors’ Day: Lessons in Leadership from Dr. Mike Cuffe

“Being a physician means being a servant first.”  Dr. Michael Cuffe, president of HCA’s Physician Services Group (PSG), said. And, he would know. Dr. Cuffe, the MIT-educated and Duke University-trained physician, leads a community of 11,000 physicians in PSG, who serve nine million patients annually. We caught up with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native to talk about what sets HCA and PSG apart, the challenges of the estimated physician shortage and what he’d like to say to physicians across the nation on this National Doctors’ Day. Years at HCA: 5.5 Life before HCA: Before joining HCA, I spent more than two… Read more.

Discover Career Possibilities & Opportunities at the ACHE Congress

Every year healthcare executives across the world convene in Chicago to attend the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership. The theme for the March 27th through 30th Congressional sessions is “Discovering Possibilities and Opportunities” – an ideal occasion for our executive recruitment team to talk about the many opportunities available at HCA! “The Team”, what we’re calling the HCA executive recruitment group, will be on hand to meet with and recruit healthcare management’s top talent for three days during this year’s congress. Individuals interested in sharing in our commitment to improve lives and make a difference… Read more.

March Matchness: What HCA Residency Programs Have to Offer

Residency. It’s exciting. It’s demanding. It’s eye opening. And after years of medical school, where textbooks and medical actors rule, it’s where newly minted doctors begin to treat real patients in a real-world environment. It’s Match Day. I believe most residency programs in the United States expose their students to the real-world atmosphere. What makes HCA’s graduate medical education program unique is our emphasis on the individual resident’s performance. We work on capabilities that a physician will face once he or she enters private practice, such as core measures and patient satisfaction. We give continuous feedback to our residents so… Read more.

Faces of HCA: Dr. Kenneth Sands

Meet our new chief epidemiologist and chief patient safety officer, Dr. Kenneth E. F. Sands. The Boston, Mass., native, who moved to Nashville weeks ago, will lead our enterprise-wide initiatives, including health services research, infection prevention, patient safety, and provide leadership for HCA’s Patient Safety Organization. He comes to us with a distinguished record in patient safety and infection prevention, which has led to numerous publications. Here, we learn a little more about Dr. Sands’ career journey, the advice he’d give to his 23-year-old self and what excites him most about joining HCA. Name:  Kenneth Sands Job title: Chief Epidemiologist… Read more.

Graduate Medical Education: Building the Future of Medicine

In less than 10 years, it’s estimated that the United States will have a deficit of about 90,000 physicians. While many theories exist about the cause of this problem, our graduate medical education (GME) team at HCA is focused on providing a solution. And that solution is a two-pronged approach that begins with opening more residency positions and offering new physicians opportunities to practice in areas of the country where we know there are a needs. Florida, for example, is forecasted to suffer significantly from the national physician shortage. To address this issue, HCA is establishing programs with the goal… Read more.

Welcome to the Future: Preparing the Next Generation of Nurses Start Now

It’s been a year in the making, and the time has finally come. Today, HCA TriStar Division will welcome more than 100 new registered nurses (RNs) to its first-ever nurse residency program.  The inaugural 2017 class comprised of graduates from over 29 nursing programs in 11 different states (from as far as California and Vermont) will now support 10 specialty care areas as full-time nurses. HCA Chief Nursing Executive Jane Englebright and Debianne Peterman, the vice president for clinical education and professional development for HCA TriStar Division, announced last July plans to prepare for the future of bedside care with… Read more.

New Year, New Faces of HCA: Heather Rohan

It’s been just more than one month since Heather Rohan took the helm as president of HCA’s TriStar Division headquartered in Nashville. The ICU nurse-turned-administrator, who oversees 15,150 employees, 5,830 nurses and 5,300 physicians in three states, concedes that her unique background has helped shape her career and commitment to a patients-first culture. The days may be unpredictable, but always fulfilling. Don’t take it from us. Here, Rohan talks about her insights, inspirations and her favorite mobile app. Name: Heather Rohan Job: President of HCA’s TriStar Division, which includes 22 hospitals in five geographic regions – Bowling Green, Ky., Chattanooga… Read more.

Veterans are the Perfect Fit for HCA

As HCA founder Dr. Thomas Frist wisely stated, “Good people beget good people.” At HCA, we know that being in the military is a service to others, and we believe that being in healthcare is a service to others as well. Whether you are a doctor, information technology specialist, nurse or administrative assistant within HCA, you are part of a group of people who spend their careers serving humankind. If you have been in the military, or have a spouse who has been in the military, we know you have spent your life doing the same. That’s why HCA might… Read more.

Thanking Veterans for Service to Our Country & Company

At HCA, we will honor our veterans and military family members who have given of themselves during both peacetime and conflict throughout November. We currently employ over 37,000 Veterans – a significant portion of our workforce – and we’d like to dedicate this month as our very own HCA Military Appreciation Month. In addition to our enterprise-wide Military Appreciation Month, we will also celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 – a day that has been observed each November since the first anniversary of the end of World War I, when it was known as “Armistice Day.” In fact, Veterans Day,… Read more.

Nursing Times, They Are A-Changing; Nurse Residency Programs are the Answer

In 1992, Jane Englebright joined HCA as a 34-year old critical care nurse. Twenty four years later, she is now the organization’s chief nursing executive, leading approximately 79,000 affiliated nurses in HCA hospitals around the country. A compassionate clinician, a devoted mentor and educator, and a national nursing leader, this ‘nurse’s nurse’ has seen the profession evolve over the years, and believes still “nursing is changing right before our eyes.” “Older nurses, like me, are retiring at larger, faster rates now,” Dr. Englebright explains. “HCA nursing has more Millennials than Baby Boomers for the first time. New nursing graduates can’t… Read more.

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