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50 Voices of HCA Healthcare

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What better way to record the legacy of HCA Healthcare and commemorate the 50th anniversary than through the stories and perspectives shared by fellow colleagues in a timeless collection of interviews entitled 50 Voices of HCA Healthcare.

Perhaps Dr. Karl VanDevender, the personal physician to founder Dr. Frist, Sr., says it best in the opening pages of the book, “What I’ve seen in my years at HCA Healthcare is that no one person is ever the whole story, and that the health of the industry is really the health of our HCA Healthcare family, everyone working together for our main purpose: the health of the patient.”

Dedication to our mission, innovation, quality and compassion ring true as colleagues from diverse roles and locations answer questions like these:

  • Why healthcare?
  • How do you stay cool under pressure?
  • How do you comfort people?
  • What do you wish patients knew?
  • How do you mentor?
  • What advice do you have to share?
  • What does HCA Healthcare’s mission mean to you?

Alonzo Smith who is the Supervising Security Officer at affiliate Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., shares the twists and turns in his life that led him to Wesley, and says, “I have seen this hospital as an opportunity to make my city a better place.”

Ann Nguyen, MSN, RN, a Clinical Nurse Manager at affiliate Regional Medical Center of San Jose, talks about her work with the wound care program in her native country Vietnam. Nguyen says, “My reward comes from standing at the finish line and seeing a wound heal. Knowing I made a difference energizes me.”

Sam Hazen, President and COO, HCA Healthcare, shares how an idea from his dad led him to discover HCA Healthcare. “The most appealing things to me about HCA Healthcare were the opportunities to be around capable people and to grow personally and professionally,” says Hazen.

As HCA Healthcare begins its next 50 years, it will continue to be shaped by these and many other individuals who share a similar commitment to our mission.

Request your copy

Now you can read the stories and find inspiration in the responses of HCA Healthcare colleagues. HCA Healthcare employees can purchase the book here. The book is also made available to the general public through the author’s website 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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