State of Emergency: ‘Angel Nurses’ on Assignment to Grand Strand Medical Center

As Hurricane Matthew plummeted the Southeast last week and severely affected a South Carolina community we serve, HCA leaders at the corporate, division and local level organized to provide affiliate Grand Strand Medical Center the resources needed – in this case, nurses. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., hospital – a member of HCA’s South Atlantic Division – felt the brunt of the storm last Saturday, leaving the beach community with trees and power lines down, localized flooding, debris in the roadway and nursing staff (and others) unable to return to work. “We had 16 nurses callout on Sunday morning, and they… Read more.


Sarah Cannon Talks Genetic Testing, Breast Cancer Surgical Choices

When Angelina Jolie opted to undergo a double mastectomy and then publicize it in 2013 after genetic testing revealed she carried the BRCA1 gene, it sparked a lot of conversations about genetic testing and ultimately led to an increase in breast removal surgeries. With 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer, many women and their families ask questions such as… What causes breast cancer? How much do genetics impact the risk for developing breast cancer? The cancer experts at Sarah Cannon, our cancer institute, are here to answer questions for you or a loved one. Learn about the role of genetics in… Read more.


Power Players Save Hospital Energy for Eco-Friendly Communities, Healthier Environments

Our co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., said: “There is so much good to do in the world and so many different ways to do it.” We are proud to do our part by caring for the environment, our hospitals, patients, employees and the communities we serve through sustainability efforts. As vice president of engineering and facility management and head of HCA’s Energy and Water Task Force, one of the many ways my team makes a difference is through our Energy Service Center. Hospitals are often the first or second largest users of energy in a community, using approximately twice the… Read more.


Hackers Make Technology Work for Nonprofits

When HCA Hacks, Nonprofits Benefit HCA’s Information Technology and Services (IT&S) division works to transform healthcare through technology daily. The tech solutions our department develops help caregivers serve patients more efficiently and positively impacts more lives. And the work doesn’t stop at HCA. Our “Simplify IT” approach filters out into Middle Tennessee with our second Hack for the Community. An estimated 80 HCA IT&S employees will serve the Greater Nashville area in a 36-hour “hackathon” on October 13-14 to support local nonprofits with limited technology resources. First organized and implemented by the HCA Foundation in 2014, Hack for the Community,… Read more.


Is there a Doctor on Board? Physician Services Group Cardiologist Saves Woman on Plane

Dr. Stanley Wang seized another opportunity to save a life – this time, on a plane. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. And the cardiologist from Austin Heart, an affiliate of HCA’s St. David’s Healthcare, happened to be on one of those flights – traveling from New York City to Barcelona, Spain – when a fellow passenger collapsed due to cardiac arrest mid-flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Wang was drifting off to sleep when he heard several flight attendants shout, “Code red,” and noticed… Read more.


HCA Expert Provides Vital Direction for Future of Healthcare

With less than two months until the United States selects its new President, HCA’s chief medical officer Dr. Jonathan Perlin and other healthcare leaders are already working to help prepare the next administration as it faces unprecedented opportunities to shape the healthcare industry. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) commissioned expert papers on 19 priority areas for U.S. health policy. These papers were discussed during the Vital Directions Symposium in Washington, D.C., on September 26 and are now published on NAM’s website. Dr. Perlin, one of the nation’s most recognized experts in electronic medical records and interoperability, was the lead… Read more.


Surgical Scrubs Suits Beauty Queen in Patient Support Role

Looks can be deceiving. Sarah Weishuhn has proven that time and again. As Miss South Carolina USA 2015, the beauty queen holds down a challenging job as a patient support technician at HCA’s Trident Medical Center and continues to silence the doubters who think she’s afraid to get her hands dirty. The glitz and glamour of the pageant circuit is nothing compared to the work she does now in the operating room of the Charleston-based hospital. Patient support techs are the unsung heroes of the OR, doing behind-the-scenes work that is rarely recognized but totally relied upon. “The patient doesn’t… Read more.


Community Day and the “Power of 10”

At HCA, we’re proud to support the communities where we live and work, and we do it in a big way. It’s part of who we are and what we are called to do – to learn, serve, give and lead through our Caring for the Community campaign. This year’s theme is the “Power of 10,” and the idea is simple.  Whether an HCA employee gives $10, one volunteer hour, or 10 volunteer hours, together, we can make a positive impact in our community. And one way our employees are giving back with “Power of 10” is through Community Day!… Read more.


In the Know: TriStar Medical Group Doctor Breaks Down Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease recently caused more than a dozen students at Florida State University to fall ill. This viral infection, not to be confused with foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs in animals only, typically affects small children and is found in daycare centers, not college campuses. So, why has hand, foot and mouth, also struck our college-aged population? “That is a little bit of a harder question, but the answer is likely multifactorial,” Dr. Matt Ducey, an HCA-affiliated TriStar Medical Group family physician, said. “First, the virus causing this particular outbreak is more contagious, making… Read more.


Las Vegas PICU Nurse is Called to Care, Adopts Abused Patient

Many of you have heard that nursing is more than a career, it’s a calling. Well, a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse at HCA-affiliate Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas brings a whole new meaning to the phrase. Her name is Kristine Hafner, and her “call to care” resulted in the adoption of one of her patients. The five-year PICU nurse at Sunrise is known to treat her patients like family. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows Hafner – an advocate for foster parenting – that she would nurse an abused 11-month… Read more.

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