Sarah Cannon, HCA Midwest Health Announce Cancer Research Collaboration

Last week, Sarah Cannon, our global cancer institute, and HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, announced that they expanded their cancer collaboration through clinical research. By joining a global research network, HCA Midwest Health is now offering greater access to clinical trials for those facing cancer in the Kansas City region. “Clinical trials are an integral part of advancing the standard of cancer care, as today’s trials are tomorrow’s cutting-edge treatments,” said Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer at Sarah Cannon. “By expanding our collaboration, we can provide patients in… Read more.

Nurse Hailed as Hero after Compassionate Act in Couple’s Final Hours

There are many words used to describe a nurse – A caretaker. An advocate. An educator. And in one family’s case – a hero. Registered nurse Melissa Barajas saw art imitating life, ala “The Notebook”, earlier this year when a married couple died within hours of each other at HCA-affiliate Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. The Texas natives, Edward and Josephine Suarez, had been married for 68 years before a car accident sent them to our Bay Area Houston hospital in critical condition. For roughly four days, Melissa, an ICU nurse, cared for Josephine and provided comfort and support for… Read more.

Happy Doctors’ Day

March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. It’s a day set aside to recognize the unique contributions of physicians around the world. As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the United States, HCA recognizes the extraordinary efforts of all of its doctors today and every day. Collectively, HCA doctors provide high-quality, compassionate care for millions of patients across the nation and in the United Kingdom. Members of our Physician Services Group consistently put patients first and make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Through their eyes, see their perspective on being a doctor on this Doctors’… Read more.

Honoring HCA’s Certified Nurses Past, Present and Future

Nurses are a unique brand of people. They represent the very best qualities in health services – patience, compassion, quality care, and chief among them, skill. As the chief nursing executive at HCA, I’m proud of the many faces of nursing throughout our organization and the excellent patient care they provide daily. On today, we recognize the unique talent and skillset of HCA’s board certified nurses – it’s Certified Nurses Day! HCA certified nurses are those among us who have gone above and beyond to advance their knowledge, practice and skill in an area of specialization. In 2015, we had… Read more.

Making Strides in Sustainability

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.

HCA Commits to Health Interoperability Pledge

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that HCA was among a handful of healthcare providers that pledged to follow three principles—Consumer Access, Transparency and Standards—to improve the flow of health information to consumers and providers. At HCA, we agree with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the commitment to these principles is essential to ensuring that health information can be accessed effectively by patients and caregivers for the best possible health and care. To deliver better, more personalized care and to allow for the secure and efficient flow of health information, we commit to the following:… Read more.

HCA Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies Seventh Year in a Row

As HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, I am excited to announce that we have earned the World’s Most Ethical Company® honor for the seventh consecutive year.  The highly competitive selection process affirms HCA’s consistent commitment to ethical business standards in our 168 hospitals, 116 freestanding surgery centers, and many other facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom. We take pride in being one of only a handful of healthcare companies recognized by the Ethisphere Institute for this distinction. This honor reflects HCA’s corporate citizenship, accountability and our 230,000 employees’ shared commitment to model business… Read more.

Stroke of Genius: HealthONE Teams Up to Save Pregnant Mother, Baby

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.

Matters of the Heart: Spotlight on Physician Services Group Cardiologist

As we approach the end of American Heart Month, we wanted to highlight a cardiologist in our Physician Services Group (PSG). Dr. David Swett, who began his practice at Austin Heart in Marble Falls, Texas, in 1997, is one of 426 cardiologists and 3,900 HCA-employed physicians in PSG. Austin Heart is partnered with HCA and our affiliate St. David’s Healthcare. Dr. Swett, once named the physician with the highest satisfaction in the organization, discusses his experience as a cardiologist in his community in this Q&A. Read on… What is the cardiology practice like at Austin Heart in Marble Falls, Texas?… Read more.

Twinning at Timpanagos Regional!

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.

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