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HCA Healthcare strengthens partnership with American Red Cross on disaster relief and response

Tom Bernal of The American Red Cross does damage assessment in Onalaska, TX, on Sunday, April 26, 2020. A powerful tornado damaged hundreds of homes in the community. Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross

Today, HCA Healthcare announced our continued support of the American Red Cross through a third consecutive contribution of $500,000 to the organization’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). HCA Healthcare works together with the Red Cross to respond when disasters strike, including coordinating supplies and resources, supporting shelters and matching patients with community shelters when discharged.

“The American Red Cross provides comfort and care to those in their darkest hours,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “As an organization that serves communities that have experienced flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters, we are proud to extend our support of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and strengthen our partnership with the Red Cross as we work together to help those affected by disasters.”

With 183 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, HCA Healthcare provides lifesaving care to the communities it serves and works together with the Red Cross to respond in times of emergency. HCA Healthcare’s Enterprise Emergency Operations Center (EEOC), a multi-disciplinary incident response team of nearly 200 leaders, works with experts across the HCA Healthcare enterprise to provide resources and coordinate responses before, during and after crises.

In August 2021, when Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans where HCA Healthcare has three hospital campuses. HCA Healthcare and its EEOC worked directly with the Red Cross to coordinate supplies and transport patients to emergency shelters.

“Every day in the face of disasters, the generosity of ADGP members like HCA Healthcare ensures the Red Cross can provide comfort and care to people in their time of need. We are extremely grateful for these contributions before disasters strike because it enables us to respond to disasters immediately and compassionately, when help and hope are needed most.”

Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross
Pamela Harris of the American Red Cross inspects a house damaged by Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, LA on Monday, August 31, 2020.
Photo by Scott Dalton/American Red Cross

HCA Healthcare has a long history of supporting the Red Cross. Over the last five years, HCA Healthcare has provided more than $4.6 million in financial support to the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017, hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, the Texas winter storms in 2021 and, most recently, the tornadoes in Kentucky.

As a member of the ADGP, HCA Healthcare also provides financial donations in advance of disasters, powering the Red Cross with strong infrastructure, trained volunteers, innovative technology and critical resources necessary to provide relief and support to those in crisis.

HCA Healthcare’s donation also supports the organization’s RC View, an advanced geographic information system (GIS) and data visualization tool that provides Red Cross teams with a shared disaster response capability. As a daily partner in responding to emergencies in communities it serves, HCA Healthcare contributes to and uses emergency response information within the RC View system.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare provides Red Cross leaders with equivalent access to HCA Healthcare’s own emergency response information system so that both organizations can coordinate their activities as effectively as possible.

For more information on the Red Cross, 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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