Awards of Distinction showcase all of HCA Healthcare’s talent.
For the first time ever, HCA Healthcare bestowed three major awards simultaneously at the Awards of Distinction ceremony in May. This meant that winners of the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which have been awarded since the early 1970s, shared the spotlight with the Excellence in Nursing Award and Innovators Award recipients, two more recent recognition programs that round out the trio.
I was struck by the sheer volume of talent represented by the winners and runners-up for each award, knowing that hundreds more remarkable people were honored at both the division and facility levels. The newest members of our Executive Development program were in the audience, and several of them approached me afterward to express how strongly they were affected by seeing HCA Healthcare’s culture in action through the winners’ stories. The Awards of Distinction really do capture so much of what HCA Healthcare stands for, especially our values. It is a great pleasure to honor these doctors, nurses, volunteers and gifted clinicians and you’ll enjoy reading about them in this issue.
In fact, this entire issue is filled with stories of remarkable people. Read about the many ways HCA Healthcare caregivers are interacting with their communities to create a brighter tomorrow for patients and their families. From cardiac care awareness, to running a short—but very meaningful—race, these stories each illustrate how improving the patient experience doesn’t stop at the doors of our care facilities.
And if the Olympic games in Rio are of interest, well, read on, because there’s always an HCA Healthcare connection! Many HCA Healthcare physicians practice sports medicine, and in this issue you’ll meet some who provide care for the world-class athletes that the United States sent to the games. You’ll also hear the story of a rather unexpected family trip to Brazil, thanks to a nurse’s daughter who’s a great shot. You’ll also learn about the ‘luck of the Irish’ when it comes to one doctor and his hammer-throwing expertise.
Lastly, we meet a recruiter who has close ties to the U.S. military, and see how HCA Healthcare continues to bring the best and brightest former service members into the fold as valued employees. We have been honored many times for our military-recruiting e orts, and value our partnership with these talented men and women who have served our country, and now our company, with honor and distinction. They, like each of you, make HCA Healthcare a world-class provider of healthcare, and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of our patients every day.
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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.