Dr. Kenneth E. F. Sands HCA executive
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Faces of HCA: Dr. Kenneth Sands

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…
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Doctor examining a patients heart beat with a stethoscope physician heart attacks
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On the Clock: Surviving “the widowmaker” and Heart Attacks 101

Interventional Cardiologist Randy Goodroe says patients are getting treatment much quicker for heart attacks now than ever before. So the once grim reality of suffering from “the widowmaker” – a heart attack that results in immediate death – has become somewhat of a misnomer. “The widowmaker occurs when the left anterior descending artery, the most…
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HCA Women's and Children's Hands Domestic Violence infection prevention
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The Role of the Infection Preventionist

Effective Antimicrobial Management Programs (AMP) call for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, microbiologists and infection preventionists to work together to achieve optimal patient treatment, avoid unnecessary treatment, and prevent the emergency of multiple-drug resistant organisms. AMP’s are important to the overall Infection Prevention efforts of a healthcare organization.  At HCA, we focused a lot of energy on…
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Fitness Health Hiking Women's and Children's sustainability
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Healthier Environments – Sustainability and Your Contribution

At HCA, above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.  We recognize that caring for the environment is caring for people.  Actions through environmental stewardship and our Sustainability Plan affect our communities, resources and health.  For example, with help from our employees, HCA saves millions of pounds of waste…
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Graduate Medical Education: Building the Future of Medicine Nursing
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Graduate Medical Education: Building the Future of Medicine

In less than 10 years, it’s estimated that the United States will have a deficit of about 90,000 physicians. While many theories exist about the cause of this problem, our graduate medical education (GME) team at HCA is focused on providing a solution. And that solution is a two-pronged approach that begins with opening more…
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