HCA Healthcare Nurse Spots Dangerous Health Concern for TV Favorite, Reaches Out to Save Him

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Nurses are at the heart of patient care at HCA Healthcare. They are the face of our organization and the difference-makers in the lives of millions who enter our hospital doors every year…and the lifeline for some who don’t.

Ryan Read, a registered nurse at HCA Healthcare-affiliate Denton Regional Medical Center, potentially saved someone’s life on her day “off”. She had been watching the television show Flip or Flop on HGTV and noticed a lump on the co-hosts’ throat.  Ryan e-mailed the producers of the show and advised the host to seek medical attention. He was checked out and later diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer. Thankfully, now, he is in remission.

As Ryan explained to her local news station, she was simply, “doing what nurses do.”

Nurses – they’re part of a special group. As chief nursing executive at HCA Healthcare, I’m proud to be in that exceptional circle.

Meet the television host whose life was changed by one dedicated nurse.

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HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 183 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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