Flash Mob Nurses Surprise Pediatric Patient with Make-A-Wish Disney Cruise

HCA nurses rock – literally! Our compassionate caregivers kicked off National Nurses Week on Monday with a flash mob performance for a pediatric heart patient’s Make-A-Wish ® reveal at HCA-affiliate Medical City Children’s Hospital in Texas. The Dallas-based children’s hospital partnered with Make-A-Wish North Texas to surprise 13-year old Ashley, diagnosed with a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart, with her dream vacation – a Disney Cruise.  She and her family, including three siblings, will set sail for Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in June. Forty nurses, physicians and support staff at Medical… Read more.

HCA Leadership Recognizes Employees, Accomplishments during Hospital Week

Today marks the beginning of National Hospital Week, a time to celebrate more than 230,000 HCA employees, who every day pursue our mission of the care and improvement of human life. This year’s Hospital Week theme, “Healthcare from the Heart,” is especially fitting for HCA because our company was founded by physicians who believed that the best healthcare comes from the heart. By putting the patient’s experience at the center, HCA employees provide the highest-quality care and, just as importantly, do so with compassion and kindness. We are proud of HCA’s 2015 accomplishments, and more so, that we accomplished them… Read more.

Nurses Week 2016

I’ve said it before: there’s never been a better time to be a nurse — and to be an HCA nurse. Everything HCA-affiliated nurses do, whether it’s vetting and implementing new technology, studying for a certification exam, or presenting and interpreting data from nursing dashboards to hospital leaders, is about the patient. Providing the highest quality care for everyone who enters our facilities is not just what we do; it’s who we are. Nursing at HCA continues to evolve, and there are new areas of nursing and advanced practice nursing jobs that were nonexistent or little-known less than a decade… Read more.

HCA Heroes: Sasha Pickett Gives Girls a Boost in IT

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” So, Sasha Pickett, manager of digital services for HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S), launched a local movement to diversify, and ultimately, change the face of technology. In 2013, with the green light from HCA’s Chief Information Officer Marty Paslick, she founded IT Girls – a mentoring program that pairs women in technology at our Nashville-based headquarters with young ladies at John Overton High School. The three-year effort to raise girls’ awareness of career opportunities in technology has led to nearly 500 budding female techies in Middle Tennessee. And Pickett – the force… Read more.

Curry-ous About MCL and ACL Injuries? Fairview Park Orthopedics Explains

Whether you’ve been following the NBA or NHL playoffs or took in the English Premier League soccer championships, it’s been an exciting time in sports the past several weeks. The thrill of watching your favorite sports team and player succeed, the camaraderie shared with friends and strangers, and the roller coaster ride of emotions after pulling off a last-second victory is only hampered by the one thing (besides losing) fans dread most – an injury. Just over one week ago, Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry, arguably the best player in the NBA, suffered a grade 1 MCL sprain… Read more.

Preemie PJ Project for Triplets’ 10th Birthday Brings Hope, Love to the NICU

Graduation season is upon us, and at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, their graduates’ journies are different than most. Once preemie patients in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), alumni and their families exit those hospital doors with renewed hope for the future. But how would one celebrate their 10-year graduation from the NICU? For triplets Luke, Taya and Brady Swarts, that’s simple – bring gifts to the current students. The former NICU grads of the HCA-affiliated Kansas hospital recently returned to celebrate their 10th birthday, and in rare pre-teen fashion, requested gifts for their kindred spirits in the NICU… Read more.

Donate Life: Laura’s Story

A few small scars. Those are the only physical reminders Laura Sammon-Linton, a human resources assistant at HCA-affiliate Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, sees to remind her of the life-saving gift she shared with a family member. A few small scars, and a healthy sister. At an early age, Laura’s younger sister, Tinamarie, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes – a condition, their mother, a registered nurse and diabetes educator, explained would likely require a kidney transplant in the future. Thirty years later, their mother’s prediction came true. “My sister was frightened and devastated,” Laura said. “I told her not… Read more.

Earth Day: Start Small – Recycle!

At HCA-affiliate Specialty Hospital, our guiding principle is primum non nocere – a Latin phrase that means, “first, do no harm.” This code applies to our patient care, commitment to community, employee wellbeing, and in this case, our environment. And, at Specialty, we believe every day is Earth Day! We are a two-time (2014-15) winner of the Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership organization for healthcare institutions committed to eco-friendly practices, Partner of Change Award due, in large part, to our creation of a single-system recycling program. So, what does that mean, exactly? It means gone are the days of… Read more.

Caring for the Community: From Hopeless to Hopeful – Rob Horton Grows a Garden

  “It was all a dream…” Rob Horton – a member of the HCA family by day and Belmont University Healthcare MBA program by night – is also a full-time dream chaser and community do-gooder whose vision to help Nashville residents sustain a better, healthier lifestyle resulted in his “grow your own” urban farming initiative called the Trap Garden. Horton, who works in HCA’s Clinical Services Group, founded the community garden after realizing the need for and limited access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy snack options in low-income neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s what’s considered a “food desert,” Horton says,… Read more.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Performs Life-Saving Surgery on Unborn Twins

In collaboration with HealthONE Center for Maternal Fetal Health, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) made headlines last month for giving a pair of twins a chance at life before they were even born. For the first-time ever, pediatric surgeons at the HCA-affiliated hospital performed a rare fetal procedure for one of the most dangerous conditions you’ve likely never heard of – Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome is an unpredictable condition that affects identical twins who share the same placenta.  TTTS happens when abnormal blood vessels within the placenta cause an imbalance of blood… Read more.

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