The HCA Healthcare Foundation donated more than $5.5 million to Middle Tennessee agencies in 2021


If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that the spirit of Middle Tennessee is unbreakable. HCA Healthcare’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee has weathered COVID-19, devastating March 2020 tornadoes, a Christmas Day bombing and catastrophic flash floods in Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys counties. Despite these challenges, Middle Tennessee volunteers, nonprofits and community organizations rallied to serve neighbors in need. As a community leader, HCA Healthcare provided financial support and deep, multi-faceted partnerships to local agencies assisting those most in need.

In 2021, the HCA Healthcare Foundation donated more than $5.5 million to 145 nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee. The HCA Healthcare Foundation provided grants to local agencies aimed at providing solutions in the areas of health and wellbeing, primary care or basic needs services, education, the arts and community capacity building.

“At HCA Healthcare, caring for patients is only part of what we do. Our care extends beyond the walls of our facilities and into our communities,” said Joanne Pulles, vice president of community engagement at HCA Healthcare and president of the HCA Healthcare Foundation. “We are proud to call Middle Tennessee our home, and we are honored to continue more than two decades of support of organizations that advance the well-being of our community.”


In 1997, the HCA Healthcare Foundation established its inaugural fund, a $110 million community impact fund designed to support Middle Tennessee-based nonprofits providing community solutions in the areas of health and well-being, childhood and youth development, and the arts. Since its inception, the fund has provided more than $247 million to nonprofit organizations headquartered in and serving residents of seven Middle Tennessee counties.

In 2021, 145 nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee received grants from the HCA Healthcare Foundation, sixty percent of which were organizations focused on providing health and well-being, primary care or basic needs services to the members of our communities. Other grant recipients included those focused on education, the arts and community capacity building.

“HCA Healthcare’s commitment to PENCIL’s mission is 40 years strong. We share a deep commitment to public education in Nashville,” said Angie Adams, president and chief executive officer of PENCIL, a nonprofit organization that builds strategic partnerships between community groups and the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). “HCA Healthcare continues to be a role model organization when it comes to providing deeply meaningful support to our community. On so many fronts, we feel that HCA Healthcare is succeeding in its goal of caring for and improving human life.”

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As part of HCA Healthcare’s Community Days: A Month of Giving, colleagues volunteered their time with PENCIL.


Providing grants is just one way HCA Healthcare supports charitable giving and social investment. In Middle Tennessee, HCA Healthcare colleagues recorded more than 46,000 volunteer hours in 2021, which is a 17% increase over 2020.

Through matching gifts to support colleagues’ charities of choice and encouraging colleagues to volunteer their time and talents, the HCA Healthcare Foundation is helping create healthier tomorrows for the communities where colleagues live and serve.

HCA Healthcare colleagues preparing meals in the kitchen of the Nashville Rescue Mission during October’s Community Days: A Month of Giving.


Additionally, HCA Healthcare believes that stronger leaders create stronger organizations and through them, healthier communities are realized. To achieve this goal, the HCA Healthcare Foundation supports HCA Healthcare affiliated colleagues serving on nonprofit boards of directors. An estimated 300 colleagues serve on the boards of directors of Middle Tennessee nonprofits.

In addition to supporting communities in Middle Tennessee, the HCA Healthcare Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in all communities it serves. In 2020, the HCA Healthcare Foundation launched the Healthier Tomorrow Fund, an $80 million community impact fund designed to support innovative initiatives focused on addressing high-priority community needs and health equity in 25 communities where HCA Healthcare has a presence.

Since the Healthier Tomorrow Fund’s launch, $4.5 million in funding has already been allocated to 13 different organizations, including the American Heart Association, Central Texas Allied Health Institute and Educate Texas.

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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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