#HCACares: Spark the spirit of serving this MLK Day

Two men and a woman volunteering at a house renovation project

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. carved into stone. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

HCA Healthcare colleagues have long been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission to bridge barriers through giving and volunteerism. Our organization was founded on these principles that have been a part of our culture for more than 50 years. And, as the country honors the birth and achievements of the late reverend, we at HCA Healthcare help honor his legacy today and every day by committing to acts of service for the communities we are privileged to serve.

Our organization’s philanthropic arm, the HCA Healthcare Foundation, empowers colleagues to provide leadership, service and financial support to non-profit organizations. When it comes to our own HCA Healthcare family, we also serve each other through the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, which exists to support colleagues in need nationally.

“Be happy in your community. Be active.

There is so much good to do in this world and so many different ways to do it.”

 –HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr.

HCA Healthcare’s 2018 Giving Footprint

HCA Healthcare’s goal to aid, uplift and add value to our communities, soared in 2018 with record-breaking strides to aid our communities and each other.

Collage of stats about HCA Healthcare philanthropy

Need Some Inspiration?

If you’re wondering what you can do to honor MLK’s memory, take a peek at what some of our HCA Healthcare colleagues were able to do in 2018.  Hopefully, these do-gooders will motivate you to volunteer, donate to worthy causes and try to make a difference in our communities.

Four women volunteering

  • 50 Days of Service: Our 50th anniversary in 2018 provided an opportunity for all of our colleagues across our enterprise to intentionally engage with our communities across the country through 50 Days of Service projects.

A group of people participating in a charity walk

  • March of Dimes: More than 2,500 colleagues participated in March for Babies events across the country as part of a national partnership with March of Dimes. Together, HCA Healthcare and our colleagues raised $1,162,162 to ensure that more babies get a healthy start in life.

A group of volunteers cooking in a kitchen

  • Luke 14:12: Colleagues continue to come together to support Luke 14:12, an outreach program that provides over 31,000 meals per year to the hungry, homeless and working poor of the Nashville area.
  • A large group of volunteers
  • Hack for the Community 2018: HCA Healthcare partnered with Nashville’s best IT professionals sending nearly 100 of HCA Healthcare Information Technology & Services (IT &S) colleagues out into the community for a 36-hour hack-a-thon to build technology for local nonprofits.

Caring During Crisis

HCA Healthcare also showed up with compassion, empathy and respect for those affected by natural disaster. The Hope Fund support to HCA Healthcare families affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and Hill and Woolsey Fires reached $1,123,725.

Ambulances outside hospital entrance

We also joined the national effort to combat the opioid crisis with a $500,000 donation to the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

Commit this MLK Day

Our colleagues have selflessly served at nursing homes, animal shelters, overseas missions, food banks and libraries. When thinking about where to volunteer on MLK Day, it doesn’t matter where you show up. What matters is that you show up and make a difference.

If you’re looking to get linked up this MLK Day to a cause, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service site to get connected with serving opportunities.

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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