First Lady Michelle Obama recently visited the Medical Center of Aurora to express the nation’s gratitude for care given to victims of the July 20th shooting in Colorado. Associate Chief Operating Officer, Roberta Barton-Joe, was the Administrator on Call the night of the shooting and wrote the following description the next day. It truly reflects her spirit of caring and praise for her team members. Here are her words: “Shortly after I was notified of the mass casualty event as the facility Administrator on Call, I arrived at the Emergency Department and was escorted into the back patient care area. Immediately, I… Read more.
I love the Summer Olympics and I’m sad to see them go. I love hearing how the athletes prepared for the games, the challenges they overcame, as well as the support they received from their families. I smiled every time the camera cut to the family of gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas. That is one proud mom! Their stories help me appreciate the significance of their accomplishments and motivate me as I think about my own goals. So as we say goodbye to the athletes for these 2012 summer Olympics, I thought I’d share three things I’ve learned from this year’s… Read more.
From hurricane relief to a helping hand for someone across campus, the HCA Hope Fund connects employees in need with those who can provide assistance. In so doing, it creates strong, deep ties across the company. What began as an informal way of connecting victims of natural disasters with co-workers who wanted to help spawned a bona fide non-profit agency. The Hope Fund is employee-run and supported. As a public charity, its goal is to help HCA employees who have been affected by financial hardship, which can include disaster, extended illness or injury, domestic violence, the death of a loved one… Read more.
Our colleagues at The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, Colo. and Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo., know firsthand the extraordinary teamwork required to respond effectively to the call, “Code Green.” Their advanced expertise, unfortunately, has not been gained solely from practice drills and staged mock disasters, but from a mass casualty at an Aurora movie theater shortly after midnight on Friday, July 20. A senseless shooting spree by a lone gunman left 12 people dead, and 58 wounded needing emergent or immediate care. HCA’s family has responded over the years to most major natural and man-made disasters in the nation’s… Read more.
Jonny Bellis is a professional cyclist. In 2008 he was selected to represent Britain at the Olympic Games in Beijing as part of the British Road Race team, who were looking to build up their team for success in 2012. In September 2009 while riding his scooter home from a evening meal, an accident occurred, Jonny’s scooter hit a wall leaving him with serious body and head injuries. His road to recovery would be a long one. After being transferred to the Wellington Hospital in the UK, he undertook a specially tailored three month rehabilitation program. When he came to Wellington he… Read more.
At five days old, baby Ava Pearson was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. The unexpected news came as quite a shock to Ava’s parents Lauren and Chris, as you can imagine. Still there was hope that little Ava could one day hear. Doctors at The Portland Hospital in London reviewed treatment options with the Pearsons. After only two years of treatment, Ava has made significant strides. You definitely want to take four minutes to see their story below!
Dr. Justin Bundy, a spine surgeon at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Augusta, Ga. who has performed spinal surgeries helping local patients for years, is now one of two spine surgeons with the Straight Caribbean Spine Foundation which helps children in Jamaica through free lifesaving scoliosis surgery. “The country has only 20 orthopedic surgeons, none of whom perform spinal surgeries on pediatric patients,” says Dr. Bundy. “On our first of seven days, the amount of people who showed up to the clinic was overwhelming. We had about 80 families bring their children from across the country, hoping that they would be… Read more.
It has been a year since our colleague Hannah Curlee finished her outstanding participation in the 11th season of NBC’s reality show The Biggest Loser. Her positive energy, dedication and charisma, have allowed her to become an inspiration for people around the country. Hannah took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share with us her journey for the past 12 months. What has been your biggest challenge since you left the ranch, in terms of lifestyle adaptation and consistency? I am so excited about my anniversary year of keeping the weight off! Maintaining my weight on the… Read more.
We announced the recipients of our 2011 Frist Humanitarian Awards earlier this week. Now we’d like to share three quick videos with you to give a little more detail on each of the recipients; Dr. Frank Cirisano, Kelli Jantz, RN and Dick Adams.
Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA was known for saying “good people beget good people.” He was a true humanitarian, believing in the good of people and that with hard work and a positive attitude, anyone could achieve their goals. He practiced this through his caring spirit and philanthropic work. Since 1971, we’ve honored employees and hospital volunteers annually who demonstrate this same dedication to caring for others with The Frist Humanitarian Award. Volunteer recipients of the award receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice and $5,000 in cash to use as they wish. Medical… Read more.