HCA Healthcare Hope Fund announces record-breaking $50 million in assistance

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A sign that says Because of You, $50 million has helped 32,000 familiesWe are pleased to announce that last week the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund – our employee-run 501(c)(3) charity – reached a historic milestone: $50 million in assistance to our colleagues in need.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this new record of colleagues helping colleagues,” said John Steele, senior vice president and chief human resource officer at HCA Healthcare. “We know that when someone in our HCA Healthcare family is in need, we want to help. And for the last 14 years, the way that we’ve been able to help was by sharing through the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund.”

A man in a suit holding a sign that says I care like family through my commitment and support of the Hope Fund

John Steele, HCA Healthcare’s senior vice president and chief human resource officer

The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund came to life in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where colleagues gifted more than $4 million in assistance to members of their work family members affected by the storm. However, natural disasters are just one hardship HCA Healthcare employees face.

Every day our colleagues across the company reach out for help because they are facing disasters of all types—illness, injury, domestic violence, the death of a loved one or any one of a number of unavoidable circumstances.

Thanks to thousands of employee donations, our colleagues and their families get the help they need at some of the most difficult times in their lives.

“I am moved by the kindness and support that my HCA Healthcare family offered when things were so overwhelming for me,” said Christine Comerford, a registered nurse at affiliate St. David’s HealthCare, whose husband was hospitalized out of state with a medical emergency. “Just feeling that I was not alone, and that my fellow workers have my back — that’s huge.”

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Hope Fund recipient: Christine Comerford, a registered nurse at affiliate St. David’s HealthCare, found comfort during her husband’s illness through HCA Healthcare colleague aid

Stories like Christine’s and countless others show the impact and generosity of more than 30,000 HCA Healthcare donors.

“The Hope Fund is a natural extension of our desire to help others,” said Hope Fund President Joe Flynn. “You hear about a colleague struggling with circumstances beyond their control, and there is this urge to help: the Hope Fund really gives form to that desire we all have to band together and support each other in those critical moments in life.”

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To every HCA Healthcare colleague who strives to care for patients, support their coworkers, and make a positive impact in the lives of others, thank you. Thank you for contributing to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund and our legacy of compassionate giving and caring like family.

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 assistance through the Hope Fund help, click here.

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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