National Physicians Week & Doctors’ Day 2021: a letter of gratitude to physicians across HCA Healthcare

Three doctors wearing scrubs and face masks showing their arms after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
Emergency room physicians at HCA Healthcare affiliate Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska celebrate after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. (pictured left to right: Nancy Kragt, MD; Jennifer Dow, MD; David Scordino, MD)

Every day, 47,000 active and affiliated physicians across HCA Healthcare display courage and skill in our 185 hospitals and 2,000 sites of care. Amid the global pandemic, the response efforts of physicians across our organization has been truly extraordinary. In recognition of National Physicians Week and National Doctors’ Day 2021, Sam Hazen, chief executive officer at HCA Healthcare and Dr. Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer and president of clinical operations at HCA Healthcare, share a letter of gratitude to physicians for their contributions and partnership.

HCA Healthcare was founded by physicians who led with the premise that the system should support the highest quality care, the most efficient practice and give voice to physicians. Those principles served us well during what has been an extraordinarily challenging year, and roughly 12 months into the pandemic, our commitment to them has never been stronger.

We are proud of the work you do, and over the last year that pride has only deepened. If ever there was a time to share our appreciation during Doctors Day and Physicians Week, it is clearly now. We thank you for your dedication to the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.

Two men wearing face masks.
Frank Cuoco, MD and Darren Sidney, MD, electrophysiologists at HCA Healthcare affiliate Charleston Heart Specialists pictured Doctors’ Day, March 30, 2021.

While these are difficult times for all, we know that it is a particularly trying season for physician practices. Never have those patients and communities needed you more, yet we’ve had to devise the COVID medical response in real time. Much progress has been made, and thanks to your leadership COVID-19 patients are nearly 30 percent more likely to survive than one year ago.

As a “learning health system,” we have the capacity to generate knowledge from more than 32 million annual patient encounters. In 2020, we cared for more than 122,000 COVID-19 positive inpatients, more than any other system in the country, and over the course of the year we published or have in press, submission or late-stage preparation nearly 50 research manuscripts. Your work inspired our formation of a public/private research consortium to use HCA Healthcare’s vast COVID data to accelerate answers to COVID’s most pressing questions. Known as CHARGE, the “Consortium of HCA Healthcare and Academia for Research GEneration,” the consortium attracted partners including AHRQ, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Meharry Medical College and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, among others.

Meanwhile, beyond your heroic response to COVID, we know other patient needs continued and you were there to answer those as well. You have shown incredible commitment, heartwarming compassion and remarkable resilience, being there for all patients amidst unprecedented challenges.

A wall with thank you notes and photos.
HCA Healthcare affiliate Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada displays a “thank you” wall honoring National Physicians Week 2021, observed March 25-31.

We continue to strive to make HCA Healthcare a place where you can provide the highest quality, safest, and most efficient patient care while also growing your practice.

As we celebrate you this Doctors Day and Physicians Week, please know we have never been more proud to work alongside you…and are grateful for all you do for this organization, your communities, our patients and humanity.


Sam Hazen                                                                                     Jon Perlin, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, HCA Healthcare                                        Chief Medical Officer, HCA Healthcare

A group of hospital workers standing outside with a sign that says Congratulations, 2021 Doctor of the Year, Michael Van Vliet, MD, FACS
Michael Van Vliet, M.D., FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon and critical care surgeon recently earned the “2021 Doctor of the Year” designation at HCA Healthcare affiliate Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida.
Three female doctors wearing white lab coats and face masks.
Physicians at HCA Healthcare affiliate Trident Health celebrate Doctors’ Day 2021. (pictured left to right: Shasta Henderson, MD; Haley Merrill, MD; Sarah Yannascoli, MD)
A group of doctors wearing scrubs and face masks.
Physicians at HCA Healthcare’s Memorial Hospital of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.
Two hospital caregivers wearing face masks speaking in reception area.
Neonatologist Dr. Angel Luciano serves HCA Healthcare patients at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Florida.

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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