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Hope after the storm: HCA Healthcare Hope Fund brings relief to employees in need

Row of sand bags with flooded homes in the background

On August 29, HCA Healthcare announced up to $1 million in matching funds for employee donations to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization. Since its founding 12 years ago, the organization has provided more than 23,000 grants totaling more than $35 million in assistance to employees, helping many employees rebuild their lives after natural disasters.

In fact, according to Joanne Pulles, HCA Healthcare vice president of community relations and president of the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, the idea for an employee-run, employee-supported charity came from the aftermath of hurricanes in 2004.

“The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund was inspired by the 2004 Florida hurricanes and our employees’ significant need as a result of those storms,” said Pulles. “HCA Healthcare personnel around the rest of the country really wanted to help and didn’t know how. So, we established a bank account where people could give – and they did. We helped hundreds of colleagues through that fund.”

The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund was founded in 2005, and was just ramping up operations when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans where HCA Healthcare affiliate Tulane Medical Center is located. Despite being in the early stages of operations, employees provided more than $4 million in grants to colleagues in need after the storm.

“It was truly a defining moment for our company and the way that we care for each other,” said Pulles. “To our HCA Healthcare families in need, HCA Healthcare Hope Fund support, directly from fellow employees, represents much more than financial relief; it represents hope that life might soon return to normal.”

HCA Healthcare employees, vendors, affiliated physicians, patients and the general public can make tax-deductible donations to the fund. To make a donation, click here.

To apply for disaster help, click here.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 186 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our approximately 275,000 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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