“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.
Some may think it’s personal, slightly embarrassing or just plain ole rude to talk about that “time of the month.” But, it’s a fact of life and a natural function of the female body. It’s menstruation. We all know periods can be painful all by themselves. Couple that with a debilitating condition called endometriosis, which usually overlaps with your cycle, that affects 176 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the United States, and it’s pure agony. Not to mention, the timeframe from the onset of your symptoms to an endometriosis diagnosis averages 10 years! So, don’t resign… Read more.
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.
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.
Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-18, 2017 and HCA Vice President and Chief Patient Safety Officer Dr. Kenneth Sands, says that for clinicians and the healthcare professionals at HCA, “Every day is patient safety day” and that our health system needs to be intently focused on keeping patients safe and free from harm. “At one point or another, we are all patients, and patient safety awareness is integral to the HCA commitment to care and improvement of human life. Inside every HCA doorway, people are working to ensure that our systems approach to safety is performing optimally. In fact,… Read more.
I am pleased to share that HCA has been named a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute. This marks our eighth consecutive year to receive this recognition, and it underscores the commitment of our over 230,000 employees who lead with integrity, maintain a positive work environment and provide excellent care to our patients in 20 states and the United Kingdom. We also have the distinction of being recognized as one of only seven companies honored in the healthcare provider category. With more than 26 million patient encounters each year, HCA teams throughout the world have demonstrated our… Read more.
Richard Tucker is a 53–year-old former convenience store clerk with a shocking story to share about the time he survived an armed robbery. There’s only one thing…he can’t remember it. Tucker was shot twice in the head and survived, after being transported to HCA-affiliate Orange Park Medical Center, which less than a year ago earned a Level II trauma designation, allowing its caregivers to provide timely treatment to the most critical patients in the community. “It’s one of the things I can say I’m thankful for – that I don’t remember anything about the incident, Tucker said, as he was… Read more.
(This blog is courtesy of Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.com, an online lifestyle magazine that connects women to their community, and edited for HCA Today.) Catina Parish was the youngest of 13 kids and the first in her family to attend college, on the way to becoming a middle school teacher for the Metro Nashville Public School system. Little did she know, her destiny awaited her as a critical member of the healthcare team at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center – a hospital chaplain. Parish says she denied the calling to ministry at every turn, until she finally resigned from teaching and entered… Read more.
Sheila was a typical six-year-old. She probably liked to play with friends, retreat into her imagination and be doted on by her loved ones. But now, she’s fighting for her life at The Grossman Burn Center at HCA-affiliate West Hills Hospital. Sheila suffered third degree burns to her neck, chest, arms and thighs after accidentally setting her shirt on fire in her remote village of Indonesia. Weeks she spent in her village, with her family unsure of how to treat her wounds, until an aid organization that partners with The Grossman Burn Foundation, the center’s charitable arm, discovered her on… Read more.
Tamara Lasley, a neonatal intensive care nurse (NICU) at HCA-affiliate Centerpoint Medical Center, is closing out American Heart Month with a big message in the form of tiny red hats. She has combined her three passions – preemies, knitting and heart health – to lead more than 40 ER nurses and community members in knitting tiny red hats for NICU babies to wear this month. But these aren’t just any hats—they were created with very personal messages. “This has been such a joy to produce and I can’t imagine the excitement once these tiny hats get placed on our babies,”… Read more.