Healthier Environments – Sustainability and Your Contribution

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At HCA Healthcare, above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.  We recognize that caring for the environment is caring for people.  Actions through environmental stewardship and our Sustainability Plan affect our communities, resources and health.  For example, with help from our employees, HCA Healthcare saves millions of pounds of waste and debris from landfills.  Last year we recycled over 32 million pounds of waste, 43 thousand tons of construction and demolition debris including asphalt, and 24 thousand pounds of rechargeable batteries.  We also diverted over 400 tons of waste through reprocessed single-use devices. In 2013, we continue our practices of finding effective alternatives to landfills.

Large systems like ours require active participation from all employees.  You already make a difference.  Don’t forget that simple activities combine to make an impact.  Turning off lights, making sure water is used efficiently or disposing pharmaceutical or bio-hazardous waste properly are examples of actions which collectively yield a high impact in supporting the environment.  Imagine the difference when your actions supporting sustainability are mirrored at every facility in our system.  The result is 199,000 people acting in concert with efficiencies, innovative healthcare operations and a dedication to sustainability.  Your valued contribution to the environment does not stand alone.

HCA Healthcare wants to make each effort in sustainability a success.  We invite you to review the HCA Healthcare Sustainability Plan to see what HCA Healthcare is doing as a company and to see how your contribution benefits others.  You will also see a reference to industry awards for efforts in environmental excellence.  Thank you for your involvement in environmental stewardship and making our communities healthier.

About HCA Healthcare

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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