Tennessee tornado relief: HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation to contribute up to $1 million

A man walks among the destruction left by the tornado in Nashville in March 2020

On March 3, 2020, devastating tornadoes with winds up to 175 mph tore through HCA Healthcare’s hometown of Nashville and surrounding areas in Middle Tennessee. In the wake of massive destruction, HCA Healthcare stands strong with our city and is donating up to $1 million dollars to help heal the community we call home.

An I Believe in Nashville mural remains intact amid rubble after a tornado passed through Middle Tennessee
(March 3, 2020: Nashville, Tennessee) A tornado passed through Nashville, Tennessee just after midnight, leaving a wake of damage in its path. The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood was heavily damaged in the storms. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Before dawn on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, tornadoes slammed through Middle Tennessee, damaging approximately 2,000 homes and buildings. Headquartered in Nashville, HCA Healthcare has deep roots in Middle Tennessee, with more than 50 years of history providing lifesaving care to the community. In response to the devastating tornadoes, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation have pledged to donate up to $1 million to assist those affected in Middle Tennessee.

“We are seeing firsthand the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Middle Tennessee, a place HCA Healthcare and many of our colleagues call home,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare.

“Many of our friends and colleagues were impacted and many more are doing what they can to help their neighbors in need,” Hazen adds. “We are honored to join with countless others in support of the relief efforts in our home state.”

A building damaged by a tornado that passed through Middle Tennessee
(March 5, 2020: Nashville, Tennessee) An EF-4 tornado slammed Putnam County, and an EF-3 tornado hit Davidson and Wilson counties, contributing to widespread destruction and the loss of many lives across Middle Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)

Of the contribution, $500,000 is being donated to the following efforts:

  • $250,000 will be donated to the Red Cross Southern Tornadoes and Floods Relief fund for its important work opening and operating shelters, distributing food and relief supplies, and providing emotional support for survivors. HCA Healthcare is a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and contributes an additional $500K annually to enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters and respond wherever and whenever they occur and help families through the recovery process.
  • $150,000 will go towards meeting the immediate needs of HCA Healthcare’s nonprofit partners that were impacted by the storms.
  • $100,000 is being given to Hands on Nashville and the Community Resource Center, who are leading the response in the local community. Both organizations will receive $50,000.

“HCA Healthcare is a longtime friend and supporter of Hands On Nashville, and we’re grateful to them for helping us respond effectively to this and other disasters,” said Lori Shinton, Hands On Nashville president and chief executive officer. “Our partnership with HCA Healthcare has evolved and grown stronger over time thanks in large part to their enthusiasm for innovation, which is helping us expand the scope of what volunteers can do to help their communities. Their dedication to our work has never been more important than in this time of great need.”

HCA Healthcare plans to contribute an additional $500,000 to assist its community partners with long-term recovery efforts. This is expected to include initiatives for rebuilding and strengthening local communities as well as help with infrastructure needs throughout the region.

An American Red Cross van parked in the middle of a tornado-damaged neighborhood
(March 5, 2020: Nashville, Tennessee) HCA Healthcare is a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and contributes an additional $500K annually to enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters and respond wherever and whenever they occur and help families through the recovery process. (Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)
An American Red Cross volunteer helping clean up after a tornado passed through Nashville
(Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)

HCA Healthcare colleagues across the state are participating in the relief efforts by volunteering time and resources to help those affected. Additionally, the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund—an employee-run, employee-supported 501(c)(3) charity that provides financial aid and resources to employees after extended illness, injury, disaster or other special situations—is providing grants to HCA Healthcare colleagues impacted by the tornadoes.

To support and assist HCA Healthcare family members affected by the tornado, please visit the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund’s website at

Logo for HCA Healthcare Hope Fund

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