Category: Features

The Beat Goes On

Gulf Coast MC saves lives with tuneful video Staff, patients and family members reacted with delight and surprise when a flash mob rose to dance in the Gulf Coast Medical Center cafeteria. A cheery, Caribbean-flavored melody filled the air, as the dancers moved along to reinforce the words: “Back pain, stomach pain, shortness of breath/ Cold sweats, nausea, dizziness/If you know the symptoms and heed the signs/You’ll be around for a long, long time.” It was an entertaining way to educate people about women’s heart attack symptoms, which are often ignored. Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator Sommer Hoyt found the song and… Read more.

Built for Speed

Medical City Dallas sets record with 11-minute door-to-balloon response time for cardiac care When it comes to heart patients, the operative word is “fast.” And at Medical City Dallas, they’re breaking records for quick, effective treatment. The emergency team at Medical City Dallas has been working to improve times for all patients with a particular focus on heart patients. Staff has been working with the American Heart Association through the Dallas Caruth initiative to speed times from intake to procedure. This initiative has played a large role in getting everyone on the same page, says Kim Patterson, RN Supervisor of… Read more.

Memorial Pays Tribute To Military, Honors Local Vets

Caring for veterans is a big part of what the new Medical Center of Trinity, Fla. does, and the facility’s deep respect for the U.S. military is on display every day since the dedication of a Missing Man Memorial. The memorial honors military personnel who are missing in action and/or prisoners of war, and is the most visible of Trinity’s many efforts to honor and care for veterans in the Pasco County area. Some 55,000 vets live in the county, and 30 percent of its residents have a family connection to the military, so this group is an important focus… Read more.

Telemedicine Program Gives Worldwide Support

The Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital has been busy with overseas efforts, and has brought patients from other countries to its U.S. facilities for treatment.

Burn Facilities Continue To Innovate At Home & Abroad

The groundbreaking practices at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Ga., and the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, West Hills, Calif., are helping both existing and future victims around the world. A team from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center recently took part in Bolivia’s first-ever emergency disaster drill. Doctors and nurses spent a week there, where they worked with employees of a metal plant as well as members of the Bolivian military. They used makeup to simulate burn wounds on 63 people who portrayed victims, and also lent their… Read more.

The Servant’s Heart

Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients Highlight What It Is To Give As a company, HCA is devoted to providing outstanding patient care. Employees also give generously of their time to local civic and philanthropic organizations, further integrating the company’s mission into the communities it serves. And every year, the Frist Humanitarian Awards recognize those who do all that, and more, to enrich the world around them. This year’s honorees are no different. The three national award recipients were first honored by their facilities, then further endorsed by nomination committees at the division level and finally selected from an amazing group of… Read more.

Dr. Frist Receives United Way’s First Lifetime Achievement Award

Efforts to Boost Major Giving Recognized In 1981, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville was struggling. While many of its donor companies had programs in place, the funds coming in were piecemeal at best. As a young CEO, Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. had been searching for a philanthropic organization that could best use his support, and United Way caught his attention. At the time, the organization had never received a single donation of more than $3,000, and that gift had come from HCA cofounder Jack Massey. Most individual giving was through payroll deduction, and usually topped out at around $100… Read more.

Support System

Hope Fund is Lifeline for Employees Where there’s life, there’s hope. It’s a common phrase, true, but nowhere is it more apt than at HCA facilities, where lives are saved and changed every day, and where the HCA Hope Fund ensures that employees in crisis situations receive the same care and compassion that patients have come to rely upon. Born out of a devastating hurricane season and desire to help colleagues, the Hope Fund idea came about in 2004 and was up and running within a year. The fund is operated and supported by HCA employees, and offers financial help… Read more.

New Lease on Life

TAVR Procedure Expands HCA Hospitals’ Heart-Valve Capabilities Several HCA hospitals are investing in new equipment and training to treat aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart valve that causes fatigue and eventual heart failure. The procedure, known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, is much less stressful than open-heart surgery, and is an exciting, new option for older or non-operative patients who are not good candidates for more invasive surgery. That was the case for actor Jim Nabors, most famous for portraying Gomer Pyle on television. At age 82, he underwent the procedure and was up and around the… Read more.


Lung Cancer Screening Program Focuses on Early Detection, Prevention Because it has few symptoms early on, lung cancer often isn’t discovered until the disease is well developed. Preventative screenings for high-risk individuals is the answer, but they are of limited benefit without other programs, such as smoking-cessation and follow-up. In short, the best way to head off lung cancer is a multipronged approach, and that’s just what the HCA Cancer Care Network in the Richmond/Spotsylvania, Va., region has done. The network has 11 sites in the area, including four hospitals within a 75-mile radius, and all are a part of… Read more.

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