Give. Serve. Lead. The HCA Healthcare Foundation donated more than $6.3 million to Middle Tennessee nonprofits in 2022

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In 2022, the HCA Healthcare Foundation awarded $6.3 million in grants to 219 nonprofit agencies across Middle Tennessee. Eighty percent of grants went to organizations focused on providing health and well-being, primary care or basic needs services to members of our communities. Other grant recipients included those focusing on education, the arts and community capacity building.

“HCA Healthcare’s model of community engagement started in HCA Healthcare’s hometown of Middle Tennessee and reflects our belief that we can impact health and well-being through deep engagement with related community organizations.  said Joanne Pulles, vice president of community engagement at HCA Healthcare and president of the HCA Healthcare Foundation. “I am especially grateful to our colleagues who continue to show up and find new ways to build stronger communities through leadership, service and financial support.”

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Investing in our community

In 1997, the HCA Healthcare Foundation established its inaugural community impact fund designed to support Middle Tennessee-based nonprofit organizations delivering community solutions. Since its inception, the fund has provided more than $275 million to nonprofit organizations headquartered in and serving the residents of Middle Tennessee.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare encourages colleagues to support local nonprofits of their choice through gift matching opportunities. Every calendar year, each colleague has $500 in matching funds available for the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, and $500 in matching funds available for other nonprofit organizations. In order to receive a match, colleagues only have to give $25 to the organization. In 2022, more than 3,800 colleagues took steps to improve more lives by donating to Middle Tennessee nonprofits.

Engaging through volunteers

Financially contributing to the communities we serve is not where HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation’s goodwill ends. Together, we encourage colleagues to get involved and volunteer as it is a reflection of our commitment to building healthier tomorrows.

In 2022, more than 4,400 HCA Healthcare colleagues volunteered over 57,000 hours with Middle Tennessee nonprofits – a more than 23% increase over 2021. HCA Healthcare inspires many of its colleagues to volunteer through incentives like Care Cards – allowing colleagues to earn $200 for the charity of their choice for every 10 hours of volunteer work. In 2022, more than $528,000 in additional funding was donated to Middle Tennessee nonprofits through Care Cards.

“The HCA Healthcare Foundation has been an invaluable partner to The Nashville Food Project in 2022. They have gone above and beyond in not only financially supporting our work, but making time to learn about it through volunteer sessions and involvement in everything from our community gardens to our board of directors. We are so grateful for their commitment to cultivating community and alleviating hunger in Nashville!”

CJ Sentell
Chief Executive Officer, The Nashville Food Project

Read on to learn about a few of the many ways HCA Healthcare colleagues served the Middle Tennessee community in 2022:

Hack for the Community

Hack for the Community – an HCA Healthcare Foundation initiative – invited talented IT professionals to build tech solutions for Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations. The annual 36-hour hackathon inspires volunteers from HCA Healthcare’s Information Technology Group alongside Nashville’s best visual designers and software developers to think outside the box to solve problems and give back to the community while also connecting organizations to much-needed tech resources.

In April 2022, more than 150 volunteers came together to meet the specific needs of local nonprofits and completed 12 projects in less than two days.

People sitting at a desk working on computers
In 2022, Hack for the Community attracted over 150 IT professionals/volunteers to meet the technology needs of Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations.

United Way’s Stuff the Bus

HCA Healthcare colleagues are committed to ensuring Middle Tennessee students have the resources needed to learn and grow – and that was evident during the United Way’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign.  In 2022, HCA Healthcare colleagues helped fill 1,550 backpacks with school supplies to allow students to focus less on what they need and more on what they can be.

HCA Healthcare colleagues in blue tshirts pack school supplies into bags.
HCA Healthcare colleagues helped to provide school supplies for 1,550 students in the Greater Nashville area. In total, the nonprofit was able to gift 14,000 students with backpacks from community donations.

Community Days: A Month of Service

Caring for the community has been an important part of the culture at HCA Healthcare since its inception. Community Days is just one way our colleagues display this commitment while connecting with local nonprofits. The month-long campaign encourages colleagues to get involved with a nonprofit of their choice and sign up for a volunteer project.

In October 2022, thousands of HCA Healthcare volunteers tackled more than 230 different projects with over 13,000 hours of service.

Group of people packing food in boxes at nonprofit
As a part of Community Days in October 2022, HCA Healthcare colleagues volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee – a nonprofit in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides food to people facing hunger and works to advance food hunger solutions.

Supporting our community leaders

Not only do colleague volunteers show up to serve Middle Tennessee nonprofits, but many are also community leaders. Believing that stronger leaders create stronger organizations and, through them, healthier organizations are realized – HCA Healthcare is proud to offer education and resources for our colleagues to be active and effective nonprofit board members.

Currently, more than 300 HCA Healthcare colleagues are serving on boards of directors for Middle Tennessee nonprofits.

“To whom much is given, much is expected. Over the last four years with HCA Healthcare, I have worked with more than 20 non-profit organizations offering time, talent and treasure, and have served on Boards for three of those organizations. HCA Healthcare generously matches my monetary donations and allows me to focus on organizations that meet my passions: veterans, vulnerable demographics and civic organizations.”

Karen Bell
Manager, Clinical Solutions and Engagement in Care Process Design, HCA Healthcare

Learn more about our giving and volunteer efforts on the HCA Healthcare Foundation’s website.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 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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