As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a walk down memory lane to remind us of what captivated our attention this year…
Across HCA Healthcare’s 184 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, 2019 was filled with medical breakthroughs, stories demonstrating the power of scale in health care delivery and heartwarming accounts of our colleagues providing compassionate, patient-centered care.
We tapped HCA Today’s analytics team to bring you HCA Healthcare’s most read stories of 2019. The topics ranged from nurses making a difference, an innovative partnership with the U.S. Army and a pop star’s visit with pediatric oncology patients in Texas.
Sabrina Burkdoll, a registered nurse at HCA Healthcare’s Menorah Medical Center, was faced with her own healthcare challenge – sepsis—a life-threatening condition that can lead to organ failure and death. Thanks to HCA Healthcare’s algorithm-driven platform, S-P-O-T (Sepsis Prediction and Optimization of Therapy), Sabrina’s hospital was able to save her life by quickly identifying and treating her sepsis condition. SPOT has not only saved Sabrina’s life, but the lives of 8,000 HCA Healthcare patients.
9. April 19: HCA Healthcare inks partnership with the U.S. Army
In April, HCA Healthcare signed a partnership agreement with the United States Army Medical Recruiting Brigade. Called the Patriot Partnership Program, this important initiative allows the Army to provide specialized training for our residency and fellowship programs, and provides an opportunity for our residents and fellows to learn about financial support offered through serving in the Army Reserves.
A photo of Caty Nixon, a labor and delivery nurse at HCA Healthcare’s Medical City McKinney, went viral when her sister posted it along with a sentimental caption thanking Caty and all nurses for their invaluable work. It didn’t take long for Good Morning America to come knocking and whisk Caty off on an ultimate spa day. Thanks to Caty and all our 94,000 nurses for all you do to give our patients healthier tomorrows!
7. September 10: The HCA Healthcare nurse behind the viral hurricane onesies
And speaking of viral nurses, Lauren Hodges, a transition nursery nurse at HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical Center, raised the bar for women’s and children’s services this past fall. As Hurricane Dorian threatened the coastal communities of Florida, Lauren sought to uplift our culture of uninterrupted, patient-centered care by creating special hurricane-themed onesies to welcome six newborn babies into the world.
You probably saw the heartbreaking news that Cameron Boyce—famed Disney Channel star—tragically passed away after suffering a seizure in his sleep due to epilepsy. Neurologist Dr. Suzette LaRoche, an epilepsy specialist at HCA Healthcare’s Mission Health, sheds light on the neurological disorder.
Mick Jagger—the iconic rock star we know and love—underwent a heart valve replacement surgery earlier this year. Dr. Jennifer Hanna, a cardiothoracic surgeon at HCA Healthcare’s The Medical Center of Aurora gave us a closer look at heart valve disease and surgery options, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).
JT saw Me(thodist Children’s Hospital)! After an adorable plea for Justin Timberlake to visit the HCA Healthcare hospital, the superstar made a pit stop during his tour and visited with patients and caregivers.
In March, we were thrilled to announce that 10 HCA Healthcare hospitals were ranked as one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation. The annual study is published by the prestigious IBM Watson Health, which identifies the top hospitals in the U.S. based on clinical, operational and patient satisfaction scores.
Stroke is one of the most time-sensitive conditions in all of medicine and fast treatment is crucial to saving a life. As the nation’s largest provider of healthcare, HCA Healthcare is not just moving with the tide, but leading it, responding to stroke 30% faster than the national standard. We break down what happens when someone has a stroke, and what HCA Healthcare is doing to respond to strokes faster.
Drumroll please… and the most popular blogpost of 2019 is…
1. April 29: HCA Healthcare rolls out new colleague benefits
One of HCA Healthcare’s most valuable resources is our human resources. HCA Healthcare is now offering benefits that are specifically designed to support our colleagues’ families and careers, including expanded family leave, tuition reimbursement, student loan assistance, a dependent scholarship program and clinical certification support programs.
HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 31 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.