While the coronavirus has brought hard times across the world, it’s also brought stories of perseverance and resilience. Hear from one of our colleagues and what care like family means to him.

These are, safe to say, uncertain times. And, as HCA Healthcare chief executive officer Sam Hazen tells our more than 280,000 colleagues, “The only way through this is together.

On Tuesday, April 7, inside affiliate Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), there was a glimmer of hope and resilience.

Colleagues at PSL gathered for the discharge of the first COVID-19 patient admitted to their hospital. Even more compelling to the story—the patient they saved? A colleague of 36 years.

Cherpao Lee, the first COVID-19 patient treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), is discharged.

Cherpao Lee holds a special place in the staff’s hearts as he’s worked at the hospital for 36 years as part of the food and nutrition services team. While Lee contracted the virus in the community, he knew his hospital family would take good care of him.

“I want to thank all of the nurses, the doctors and food services for providing for me and helping me with this. It has been a difficult time, but I know a lot of people care about me and pray for me, and I want to thank them,” Lee said.

Responding in times of crisis is what we do as an organization and what we as healthcare professionals do. Your continued commitment to our patients is inspiring. We care like family, and we will do everything in our power to keep all of us safe.

We are so grateful for Mr. Lee’s recovery. We hope to see him back soon, just not as a patient!

Colleagues at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), celebrate discharging COVID-19 patient Cherpao Lee, who previously worked at the hospital for 36 years.

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Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 185 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. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.