HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today announced that the organization and the HCA Healthcare Foundation have given more than $41 million to community organizations in 2021. Funding includes contributions made to organizations focused on disaster relief, education and priority community needs, as well as matching gifts to support charities chosen by colleagues.
HCA Healthcare supports communities in multiple ways, including direct contributions from the organization, matching gifts from colleagues, and encouraging colleagues to volunteer their time and talents. The HCA Healthcare Foundation provides leadership, service, and financial support to nonprofit organizations working individually and collectively.
“For more than 50 years, HCA Healthcare has cared for the communities where its colleagues live and work, and 2021 marked significant milestones in expanding the ways we give back,” said Joanne Pulles, Vice President of Engagement. Community at HCA Healthcare and President. of the HCA Healthcare Foundation. “Whether by volunteering our time, making charitable donations or partnering with other organizations, we are committed to improving more lives in different ways. »
HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation have long supported the community of Middle Tennessee, where HCA Healthcare is headquartered. Last year marked the launch of two initiatives designed to help address important issues in communities across the country. In May 2021, the presence of the HCA Healthcare Foundation was expanded with the launch of its Fund for a healthier future, an $80 million community impact fund created to support initiatives focused on priority community needs and health equity in 25 communities across five states where HCA Healthcare has a presence. Since its launch, $4.5 million in funding has already been allocated to 13 different organizations, including the American Heart Association, Jobs for America’s Graduates and Educate Texas.
“For 40 years, Jobs for America’s Graduates has had compelling success supporting and educating thousands of young people through leadership development, project-based learning, and mastering our 37 employability skills,” said Ken Smith, president and CEO of Jobs for America’s. Graduates, recipient of a scholarship from the Healthier Tomorrow Fund. “The HCA Healthcare Foundation helped create our new health professions project-based learning module and expanded opportunities for our youth to learn about the full range of health professions.”
Additionally, in May 2021, HCA Healthcare announced a commitment of $10 million over three years to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in communities where HCA Healthcare operates. In December, HCA Healthcare donated $1.5 million to the School of Allied Health Sciences at Florida A&M University. This gift and future partnerships aim to strengthen student pathways from undergraduate to graduate through healthcare management careers, while advancing diversity in healthcare and supporting the next generation of health leaders.
Since its inception, the HCA Healthcare Foundation has provided more than $247 million to nonprofit organizations headquartered and serving residents in seven Middle Tennessee counties. In 2021, the HCA Healthcare Foundation donated more than $5.5 million to 145 Middle Tennessee nonprofits aimed at providing solutions in health and wellness, healthcare services primary or basic needs, education and the arts.
Additionally, HCA Healthcare and colleagues supported communities through the following initiatives in 2021:
- Disaster Recovery Efforts: Last year, HCA Healthcare continued to support its communities affected by natural disasters. For example, when a severe tornado system hit Kentucky, HCA Healthcare stepped up to provide care at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital and contributed $250,000 in funding to support organizations providing relief services. When flooding hit Middle Tennessee, affecting many HCA Healthcare co-workers and neighbors, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation contributed $250,000 to support relief efforts. When Category 4 Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana in September, HCA Healthcare and its affiliate Tulane Health System donated $225,000 to help with recovery and relief efforts. Additionally, when winter storms hit Texas in February 2021, leaving thousands of people without power, HCA Healthcare and its affiliate hospitals in Texas contributed $250,000 to support relief efforts by charitable organizations.
- Healthy foods for a healthier tomorrow Food & Nutrition Drive: HCA Healthcare colleagues across the country took action against food insecurity with a holiday food drive and fundraiser that delivered nearly 370,000 meals to food banks. The effort supported HCA Healthcare’s first Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows food and nutrition campaign, and included 77,830 meals donated by colleagues, 52,000 meals provided by charitable donations from colleagues, and 240,000 meals through $60,000 grants provided by the HCA Healthcare Foundation.
- Volunteering: In 2021, giving and volunteering continued to evolve in response to the ongoing pandemic. Many nonprofits continued their social distance operations and virtual volunteer service opportunities. While giving back and volunteering might have looked a little different, colleagues at HCA Healthcare proved stronger than ever, marking a 20% increase over last year in the number of volunteer hours logged.
About HCA Healthcare
Based in Nashville, HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading healthcare service providers, comprising 182 hospitals and approximately 2,200 ambulatory care sites, including surgical centers, free-standing emergency rooms, urgent care centers and medical clinics, in 20 states and the UK. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model of hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, provide patient-centered care, and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one which demonstrated that term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another which identified a clinical protocol that can reduce births by 44%. blood infections in intensive care patients. HCA Healthcare is a learning healthcare system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Please Click here to connect with HCA Healthcare on social media.
About the HCA Healthcare Foundation
The mission of HCA Healthcare Foundation is to promote health and well-being and strive to have a positive impact in all the communities that HCA Healthcare serves. We accomplish this mission by providing leadership, service, and financial support to effective nonprofit organizations working individually and collectively.
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