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.
They say “there’s no ‘I’ in team,” and for HCA nursing, caring for patients and their families is certainly a dedicated team accomplishment. That’s why we were proud to recognize 21 medical-surgical units with the 2016 Unit of Distinction Awards, celebrating excellence in nursing in leadership, professional practice and operations and outcomes. As the chief nursing executive at HCA, I’m pleased to honor our high-performing team of nurses in med-surge, the largest nursing specialty in the country, who champion the highest quality of care for everyone who enters our facilities. The 21 Unit of Distinction Award winners represent the top… 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.
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.
Earlier today, Dr. Johanna Bendell, Director of GI Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, appeared on CNN with MichaeLA to discuss a recent study showing that the number of cases of colorectal cancer is rising for younger generations. Dr. Bendell sheds light on risk factors being researched that may be influencing the rising incidence rates for younger generations – while rates for older generations are decreasing. Learn more about the ongoing discussions regarding screening, potential risk factors and symptoms for younger generations from Dr. Bendell. HCA internal audience can view national segment here.
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.
Meet our new chief epidemiologist and chief patient safety officer, Dr. Kenneth E. F. Sands. The Boston, Mass., native, who moved to Nashville weeks ago, will lead our enterprise-wide initiatives, including health services research, infection prevention, patient safety, and provide leadership for HCA’s Patient Safety Organization. He comes to us with a distinguished record in patient safety and infection prevention, which has led to numerous publications. Here, we learn a little more about Dr. Sands’ career journey, the advice he’d give to his 23-year-old self and what excites him most about joining HCA. Name: Kenneth Sands Job title: Chief Epidemiologist… Read more.