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Surprise tribute for HCA Healthcare co-founder, Dr. Tommy Frist Jr.

Man in suit and tie.

The HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction is a special ceremony held annually in Nashville to honor recipients of the Frist Humanitarian award, the HCA Healthcare Innovators award and the HCA Healthcare Excellence in Nursing award. These men and women represent the best of HCA Healthcare.

Dr. Tommy Frist Jr., HCA Healthcare’s co-founder, calls the ceremony the most important date on our organization’s calendar. During this celebration of employees, physicians and volunteers in HCA Healthcare’s 50th year, we took a moment to recognize another important figure in our organization’s history – Dr. Frist Jr.

HCA Healthcare surprised its co-founder, former CEO and Board Chairman, and the “soul of our company” with a short video to honor his leadership and legacy.

Enjoy. (HCA Healthcare internal audience can view the video here.)

HCA Healthcare 50th Anniversary
In 1968, HCA Healthcare was conceived by two physicians and an accomplished business leader — Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., and Jack Massey. This year, HCA Healthcare celebrates its golden anniversary and the culture of caring established by our three founders 50 years ago. To help us celebrate our 50th year, we’ll share stories here that reflect HCA Healthcare’s mission – above all else, the care and improvement of human life – and our pledge to improve life and make history for the next 50 years and beyond.

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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