We are pleased to announce that last week the HCA Hope Fund – our employee-run 501(c)(3) charity – reached a historic milestone: $50 million in assistance to our colleagues in need.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this new record of colleagues helping colleagues,” said John Steele, senior vice president and chief human resource officer at HCA Healthcare. “We know that when someone in our HCA Healthcare family is in need, we want to help. And for the last 14 years, the way that we’ve been able to help was by sharing through the HCA Hope Fund.”

John Steele, HCA Healthcare’s senior vice president and chief human resource officer

The HCA Hope Fund came to life in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where colleagues gifted more than $4 million in assistance to members of their work family members affected by the storm. However, natural disasters are just one hardship HCA Healthcare employees face.

Every day our colleagues across the company reach out for help because they are facing disasters of all types—illness, injury, domestic violence, the death of a loved one or any one of a number of unavoidable circumstances.

Thanks to thousands of employee donations, our colleagues and their families get the help they need at some of the most difficult times in their lives.

“I am moved by the kindness and support that my HCA Healthcare family offered when things were so overwhelming for me,” said Christine Comerford, a registered nurse at affiliate St. David’s HealthCare, whose husband was hospitalized out of state with a medical emergency. “Just feeling that I was not alone, and that my fellow workers have my back — that’s huge.”

Hope Fund recipient: Christine Comerford, a registered nurse at affiliate St. David’s HealthCare, found comfort during her husband’s illness through HCA Healthcare colleague aid

Stories like Christine’s and countless others show the impact and generosity of more than 30,000 HCA Healthcare donors.

“The Hope Fund is a natural extension of our desire to help others,” said Hope Fund President Joe Flynn. “You hear about a colleague struggling with circumstances beyond their control, and there is this urge to help: the Hope Fund really gives form to that desire we all have to band together and support each other in those critical moments in life.”

To every HCA Healthcare colleague who strives to care for patients, support their coworkers, and make a positive impact in the lives of others, thank you. Thank you for contributing to the HCA Hope Fund and our legacy of compassionate giving and caring like family.

HCA Healthcare employees, vendors, affiliated physicians, patients and the general public can make tax-deductible donations to the fund. To make a donation, click hereTo apply for assistance through the Hope Fund help, click here.