HCA Healthcare announces $250,000 contribution to Tennessee flood relief efforts

Aerial view of flooding in Middle Tennessee
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Today, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation announced a combined $250,000 in contributions to support relief efforts by charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross, in Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys counties that were affected by the disastrous floods in Middle Tennessee.

On Aug. 22, 2021, record rainfall caused a devastating flood in Middle Tennessee that killed 20 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving many members of the community without adequate shelter and supplies. HCA Healthcare affiliate hospital TriStar Horizon Medical Center is located in Dickson, Tennessee, and serves many of the hardest hit areas. Waverly, Tennessee, and the other affected areas in Humphreys County, which is home to approximately 20% of the total employee base at TriStar Horizon Medical Center, suffered significant property damage and lost loved ones.

Lawn outside hospital entrance with American flag and sign that says This Hospital Is Filled With Hope and Heroes.
HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Horizon Medical Center, located in Dickson, Tennessee.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic flooding that occurred and continues to affect many of our colleagues and neighbors in Middle Tennessee,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “I’m grateful for our hospital teams and the care they provided during a challenging time, and we are honored to be a part of the relief efforts as the community begins to rebuild and recover.”

Prior to the storm, TriStar Horizon Medical Center took measures to help ensure the hospital had enough staff, medications, supplies, food, water and power to operate and care for patients during and after the storm.

Over the past several days, TriStar Horizon’s Emergency Room has been caring for many patients who were injured as a result of the storm.

Immediately following the storm, colleagues from HCA Healthcare and TriStar Health came on-site to assist and volunteer at the hospital and brought along supplies and donations for the community.

“This is a difficult time for our community, but I am inspired by how our colleagues and friends have stepped up to help those affected by the disastrous floods,” said Jason Boyd, chief executive officer of TriStar Horizon Medical Center. “I am confident that the charities receiving this funding will help make a meaningful impact on our road to recovery.”

Supporting colleagues and neighbors

HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation will contribute to the following organizations:

To support colleagues in this and other disasters, HCA Healthcare established 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. In 2020, the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund provided more than $10.6 million in grants that helped more than 4,900 families.

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TriStar Horizon Medical Center colleagues providing information about aid and resources available through the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund.

Over the last five years, HCA Healthcare has provided more than $4.5 million in financial support to the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts, including the tornadoes in Middle Tennessee in 2020 and the winter storms in Texas in 2021. HCA Healthcare supports the Red Cross through a yearly $500,000 contribution to the organization’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), which helps the Red Cross to respond immediately to disasters, help families during the recovery process and prepare people for future emergencies.

Aerial view of hospital workers standing in a circle around a flag pole.
HCA Healthcare colleagues at TriStar Horizon Medical Center stand united with their community in the wake of August 2021 flash floods that swept through Middle Tennessee. Waverly, Tennessee, and the other affected areas in Humphreys County – which is home to approximately 20% of the total colleauge base at TriStar Horizon Medical Center – suffered significant property damage and lost loved ones as a result of the flood.

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