As we near the close of another year, HCA Today takes a look back at the top-10 most-read blogs of 2017. Find out the stories that caught your attention on our website through the year, and make sure to visit us again in 2018.

Until then, here’s to the year that was.

  1. HCA Prepares for Hurricane Irma

The 2017 Hurricane Season turned out to be an unusually active one, with three hurricanes in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida, posed an immediate threat, and we at HCA Healthcare helped to ensure our patients, hospitals, and people were prepared.

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  1. Caregivers reunite with former patient after viral video

Caleb Johnson’s Facebook plea, which had been viewed more than 35 million times, to find the nurse who saved his life when he was just 13-months old, resulted in a reunion with five members of his healthcare team at Medical City McKinney (formerly North Central Medical Center).


  1. HCA Neurosurgeon explains Senator McCain’s brain tumor

Dr. Singh Sahni, medical director of neuroscience at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, addressed key questions about Senator John McCain’s diagnosis here and on Fox News.

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  1. In Memoriam: Jim Gray sacrifices life in attempt to save children

On Friday, June 23, 2017, HCA Healthcare employee Jim Gray was vacationing in Fort Morgan, Ala. when he heard the cries of several children struggling in the Gulf of Mexico’s rocky waters. In a heroic attempt to rescue them (the children were later located safe), Jim ignored the hazard warnings, entered the surf and was pulled under by the tide. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. He was 57 years old.


  1. HCA Healthcare unites to care for Texas

HCA Healthcare donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, HCA will match employees’ donations to the HCA Hope Fund, the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization, up to $1 million.

  1. Hot Jobs: Five unique nursing careers you never knew about

Registered nurses are one of the most in-demand jobs of 2017 and there’s no exception at HCA Healthcare. The highly sought after position within hospital settings and urgent care centers – both available here at our organization – are just two of the many options that nurses have today. But did you know there are nontraditional careers in nursing, too?

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  1. Why Selena Gomez Needed a Kidney Transplant

Selena Gomez, the most followed person on Instagram (@selenagomez), announced on the social platform that she underwent a kidney transplant due to complications from lupus.

Dr. Vidya Bhandaram, medical director of the kidney transplant center at HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, sat down to answer our most burning questions about the condition (lupus), treatment options, and the quality of life after a kidney transplant. (photo: @selenagomez Instagram)

  1. Solar eclipse safety

Dr. Mark Ewald, an ophthalmologist at HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, has a passion for both the cornea and the cosmos. When the much anticipated once-in-a-lifetime celestial event – where the moon and sun have the same apparent size – took place nationwide on Monday, August 21, Dr. Ewald addressed eye protection and key questions about seeing one of nature’s rarest wonders.

  1. Nurse joins heroic effort after fatal five-car crash

On a family outing to Colorado’s high country, tragedy interrupted Sarah Clemmons’ day off. Traffic stopped suddenly, baffling The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) nurse and mother of two. But as Clemmons quietly pulled over, a switch flipped inside of her – also known as nursing instinct – and she left the car without uttering a word and walked towards the chaotic scene.

And the most read blog of 2017 is…

  1. Surviving the Widowmaker

Grand Strand Medical Center Interventional Cardiologist Randy Goodroe, MD, 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 isn’t nearly as widow-making as it used to be, thanks to the public being so well educated on the symptoms of a heart attack and the quick diagnosis and treatment in the ER.”

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