12 Things You Should Know About Endometriosis

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.

Discover Career Possibilities & Opportunities at the ACHE Congress

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.

March Matchness: What HCA Residency Programs Have to Offer

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.

Unit of Distinction: Celebrating Excellence in Nursing

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.

United for Patient Safety

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-18, 2017 and HCA Vice President and Chief Patient Safety Officer Dr. Kenneth Sands, says that for clinicians and the healthcare professionals at HCA, “Every day is patient safety day” and that our health system needs to be intently focused on keeping patients safe and free from harm. “At one point or another, we are all patients, and patient safety awareness is integral to the HCA commitment to care and improvement of human life. Inside every HCA doorway, people are working to ensure that our systems approach to safety is performing optimally. In fact,… Read more.

HCA Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company for Eighth Consecutive Year

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury and the Road to Recovery after Surviving Gunshots to the Head

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.

A Hospital Chaplain & Her Role on the Healthcare Team

(This blog is courtesy of Nashville’s StyleBlueprint.com, an online lifestyle magazine that connects women to their community, and edited for HCA Today.) Catina Parish was the youngest of 13 kids and the first in her family to attend college, on the way to becoming a middle school teacher for the Metro Nashville Public School system. Little did she know, her destiny awaited her as a critical member of the healthcare team at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center – a hospital chaplain. Parish says she denied the calling to ministry at every turn, until she finally resigned from teaching and entered… Read more.

6-year-old Burn Survivor Gets Life-Saving Care at The Grossman Burn Center

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.

CNN: Sarah Cannon Expert Addresses Rise in Colon & Rectal Cancer Among Millennials, Gen Xers

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.

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