The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction is a special ceremony held annually in Nashville to honor recipients of the Frist Humanitarian award, the HCA Innovators award and the HCA Excellence in Nursing award. These men and women represent the best of HCA Healthcare.

Dr. Tommy Frist Jr., HCA’s co-founder, calls the ceremony the most important date on our organization’s calendar. During this celebration of employees, physicians and volunteers in HCA’s 50th year, we took a moment to recognize another important figure in our organization’s history – Dr. Frist Jr.

HCA surprised its co-founder, former CEO and Board Chairman, and the “soul of our company” with a short video to honor his leadership and legacy.

Enjoy. (HCA internal audience can view the video here.)

HCA 50th Anniversary
In 1968, HCA Healthcare was conceived by two physicians and an accomplished business leader — Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., and Jack Massey. This year, HCA celebrates its golden anniversary and the culture of caring established by our three founders 50 years ago. To help us celebrate our 50th year, we’ll share stories here that reflect HCA’s mission – above all else, the care and improvement of human life – and our pledge to improve life and make history for the next 50 years and beyond.