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HCA Healthcare teams up with the American Red Cross

Two Red Cross volunteers looking out over natural disaster damage

We’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with the American Red Cross as part of their Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), providing the highest level of support to preparedness and relief efforts across the country. HCA Healthcare’s partnership helps meet the needs of people affected by disasters big and small, anytime and anywhere across the United States.

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In a proactive effort, HCA Healthcare has made a $500,000 contribution to help the Red Cross be ready before disaster strikes, enabling the humanitarian organization to spring into action with much needed assistance to help individuals and families in their times of greatest need.

Did you know?

Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster somewhere in the United States.

“We know firsthand the help Red Cross provides to people and communities during the most difficult times,” said Sam Hazen, HCA Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “HCA Healthcare’s culture is built on a deep-rooted belief in taking care of others while taking care of each other, and we are privileged to continue our support of disaster relief efforts by the Red Cross.”

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Trevor Riggen, senior vice president, American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services

“Every day, people turn to the American Red Cross for help in the face of disasters,” said Trevor Riggen, senior vice president, American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services. “With the advance support of HCA Healthcare and its employees, the Red Cross can prepare individuals and communities for the unexpected and provide relief whenever and wherever disasters strike – whether it’s a wildfire, hurricane, home fire or other emergency. We are truly grateful for their annual partnership that helps ensure we can deliver our lifesaving mission each year.”

The Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters each year—the majority of which are home fires. The Red Cross typically helps with providing safe shelter, hot meals, emotional support and resources to aide in recovery.  HCA Healthcare’s support allows the Red Cross to prepare well in advance by training volunteers, securing shelters, purchasing food and emergency supplies, warehousing materials in strategic locations and maintaining emergency equipment and food distribution vehicles.

Working together to build stronger and healthier communities

Woman in wheelchair with small dog talks to Red Cross volunteer
(September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence) A Red Cross volunteer speaks with a shelter resident and her dog, Angel, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friday Center – Red Cross Shelter in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina. (Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)

HCA Healthcare, and its colleagues through an employee match program, have a long history of partnering with the Red Cross in its efforts to provide disaster relief across the country, including support for victims of earthquakes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.

HCA Healthcare over the last three years has provided $2.5 million in financial support to the Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. Along with hurricane relief support, HCA Healthcare has contributed more than $1 million to the Red Cross with funding going to capital campaigns such as bloodmobiles for mobile donations, the Home Fire Campaign to put smoke alarms in homes, and “Together We Prepare” disaster training.

And we’re not just helping the Red Cross respond immediately – our support also means the Red Cross can remain on hand to assist people as they recover and to help them prepare for the next disaster.

A woman dressed casually shows a woman dressed in the Red Cross uniform her home that was destroyed by a fire
(May 18, 2019: Birmingham, Alabama) Jackie Sturdivant shows Red Cross employee Annette Rowland the devastation of an electrical fire that destroyed her family’s home in May 2019. Jackie and her three children survived the fire because of smoke alarms installed by volunteers just three days prior during a Red Cross Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event. (Photo by Brad Zerivitz/American Red Cross)

Hurricane Dorian relief

Through the support of ADGP partners like HCA Healthcare, the Red Cross was able to be  on the ground and take action to support communities in need as they cleaned up after Hurricane Dorian, which devastated many earlier this month.

Across the Carolinas, more than 265 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Across the Southeast, some 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have:

  • Provided 38,300 overnight stays in Red Cross and community shelters
  • Served 173,900 meals and snacks with the help of partners
  • Distributed 20,700 relief supply items
A Red Cross van drives past a collapsed house
(September 8, 2019: Hurricane Dorian) An American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle negotiates the narrow streets surrounded by home destruction debris at the Boardwalk RV Park in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Red Cross workers were at the park to deliver a noon meal of chicken, green beans, rice and rolls. Three days earlier a section of the RV park was destroyed by a waterspout on the front edge of Hurricane Dorian. (Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)

Weeks later, families in the Bahamas are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian, which reached Category Five magnitude with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. Lingering over the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas for the better part of two days, the storm claimed lives, destroyed homes and devastated communities.

Volunteers with the Bahamas Red Cross helped to prepare people before the storm hit and are currently assisting with the recovery process. Some 90 tons of Red Cross and Red Crescent relief supplies arrived in the Bahamas to help evacuees in need of basic aid such as food, water, and emergency shelter. The American Red Cross also deployed 21 disaster relief specialists to aid in communications, cash and voucher assistance, field operations, information management, IT/telecommunications, operations support and relief services.

Give help and hope by supporting the American Red Cross

HCA Healthcare colleagues are now members of the Red Cross family, one of the largest and oldest humanitarian forces in the world.

We encourage our colleagues to get involved, and extend our care beyond the walls of our facilities and into our communities. From making an appointment with the Red Cross to give blood or volunteering to help your local Red Cross chapter, our time and talents can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Red Cross volunteer Maria Millan carries Red Cross bucket
(September 6, 2019: Hurricane Dorian) American Red Cross volunteer Maria Millan is a Logistics Generalist Manager responsible for getting disaster recovery supplies to people in South Carolina who have been displaced from their homes by Hurricane Dorian. (Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

The American Red Cross name, emblems and copyrighted materials are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by the American National Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org.

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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