Hurricane Michael updates

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As you have most likely seen from the news coverage, Hurricane Michael has had a devastating impact on the Panama City, Florida community. We at HCA Healthcare are helping to ensure our patients, colleagues, and hospitals are safe in the aftermath of the storm.

Fallen building damaged by hurricane

Prior to landfall, we prepared HCA Healthcare-affiliate hospitals throughout the region. Those preparations included staffing, supplies, and generator power to help ensure their ability to continue operating and caring for patients during and after the storm.  Beginning Monday, we also safely transferred some of our sickest patients from affiliate Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, which is located in Panama City, to other HCA Healthcare hospitals.

Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle as a very strong category 4 storm, causing extreme infrastructure challenges in the community. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center also sustained substantial damage from the storm and, while there was no impact on patient care, we began transferring 130 patients to other sister facilities to ensure patient safety and continuity of care.

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To serve the area’s crucial need for emergency care, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center’s emergency room will remain open to treat and stabilize emergency patients as they arrive.

Our focus is also on supporting our colleagues and physicians in the impacted areas.  We have provided resources to help, including a dedicated HCA Healthcare HR Answers Hotline, and the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization, for emergency and recovery assistance.

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To further help this community in its time of need, HCA Healthcare has made a $1 million gift to the Red Cross.  This donation is in addition to the $500,000 gift made previously to support Hurricane Florence relief.

HCA Healthcare is fortunate to have such dedicated employees, physicians, nurses, and support staff. Though a hurricane of this magnitude poses significant challenges, we are confident that our diligent preparations and steadfast commitment to our patients and our people will help us through the days ahead.

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Photos courtesy of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. 

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