According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 33,000 people are killed by guns and nearly 79,000 people survive gunshots each year in the United States. Paul Smith, a then 17-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was one of the lucky ones. The high school football player was enjoying a typical teenaged day when he was robbed, shot at close range and left for dead last summer. The traumatizing event brought him to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, an HCA affiliate, where the care team performed life-saving surgery within what’s known as the “golden hour” – the time period… Read more.
World Kindness Day was celebrated across the country yesterday, but it’s something we at HCA practice every day. Pam Percival, director of community and public relations, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, a member of HCA’s North Texas Division, is just one shining example of our kindness culture. During the course of her visits with 80-year-old Vickie Standley, the first patient in Texas to have her aortic valve replaced using the newly FDA approved Intuity valve system at Plaza Medical, Percival learned that the patient would need someone to care for her ranch animals while she recovered. Percival, who… Read more.
At 77 years of age, Pete Butler has traveled the globe. From his military service, to working in a former U.S. Senator’s office and representing military and veteran’s affairs for the state of Florida, his view of the world is broad. He emphasizes those credentials when he talks about his experience at HCA’s Capital Regional Medical Center and his belief that it is ‘second to none’ in its services and treatment of patients. “I go to the hospital three times a week for the Cardiac Wellness Program,” said Butler. “Due to a major heart blockage several years ago, I’ve had… Read more.