HCA Healthcare Prepares for Zika Virus
As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the United States, HCA Healthcare is actively preparing its hospitals for the spread of the Zika virus to the mainland United States. Drawing on the available materials from the CDC, as well as maternal fetal medicine and infectious disease experts throughout the organization, HCA Healthcare has disseminated to its hospitals general educational materials about the Zika virus and updated guidelines regarding testing and clinical management for pregnant and symptomatic patients who have traveled to areas with known Zika outbreaks. Travel history and symptoms continue to be emphasized in the triage and assessment of all patients presenting at HCA Healthcare-affiliated emergency rooms and outpatient healthcare settings. In addition, HCA Healthcare is working collaboratively with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments on enhanced surveillance and reporting measures to actively track the spread of the virus and to comply with certain executive orders and Public Health Emergency declarations for the Zika virus throughout the United States.
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HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 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.