HCA Healthcare named a best employer for veterans by Military Times for fourth consecutive year


We are proud to have been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times. This recognition highlights the efforts that HCA Healthcare makes to recruit, retain and support current and former service members, military spouses and military caregivers. Since 2012, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 60,000 veterans, active-duty and reserve personnel and military spouses.

The Military Times 2023 Best for Vets: Employers ranking is an editorially independent, highly respected analysis of the policies and practices that make companies an attractive place to work for both current employees and future job seekers within the military community. Rankings are based on the results of a voluntary survey which seeks to capture the areas of greatest importance to transitioning service members, veterans and their families when choosing an employer. Recruitment and employment practices, as well as retention and support programs, are given the most weight in scoring.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Military Times for a fourth year in a row. We take immense pride in welcoming, supporting and celebrating our nation’s veterans and their families. We are incredibly grateful for their dedicated service and have directly witnessed how their military values contribute to HCA Healthcare’s mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

Sherri Neal, chief diversity officer at HCA Healthcare

This year, HCA Healthcare has also earned the following distinctions for our efforts to support U.S. veteran and military communities:

  • VIQTORY has recognized HCA Healthcare as a Military Friendly employer for 13 consecutive years. This year, HCA Healthcare has been upgraded to Gold distinction for our veteran hiring practices, programs and support initiatives.
  • RecruitMilitary® has recognized HCA Healthcare as a 2023 Champion for Military Hiring based on the pursuit of hiring excellence. In 2017, HCA Healthcare was awarded the Most Valuable Employer’s Award for demonstrating excellence in the recruitment, development and retention of military talent.
  • Disabled American Veterans® has recognized and awarded HCA Healthcare the Patriot Employer award for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to hiring and supporting military talent through employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach. 

Year to date, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 6,000 veterans, active-duty and reserve personnel and military spouses. The organization also provides pathways for non-traditional military talent to find meaningful employment opportunities in healthcare through partnerships with Hiring Our Heroes, 50-Strong and local veteran service organizations across the country.

HCA Healthcare also maintains a Veterans Colleague Network which helps promote community and purpose and has also been successful in helping recently transitioned veterans navigate the civilian workforce. For those who wish to continue serving, HCA Healthcare offers military leave and supplemental pay to eligible colleagues to serve as active duty military while working at HCA Healthcare.

As part of our commitment to supporting veterans, this year HCA Healthcare is giving:

  • $50,000 to REBOOT Recovery, a national peer-led trauma healing program for veterans, their families and first responders, to assist in launching their updated comprehensive program. This will be HCA Healthcare’s eighth Veterans Day gift to the organization.
  • $50,000 to the Gary Sinise Foundation to aid in the home build for a veteran who was wounded in the line of duty. To date, the foundation has completed over 85 specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders.
  • $25,000 to Operation Stand Down Tennessee, an organization that engages veterans early in their transition from military service to find meaningful employment, including showing them how to access available veteran benefits.
  • $15,000 to A Soldier’s Child, a local nonprofit serving family members of fallen service members who died while serving in a time of conflict, for their mentorship and scholarship programs.
  • $10,000 to CreatiVets, an organization dedicated to empowering veterans and their families to find healing from service-related trauma through art, including songwriting, visual arts, music and creative writing. This gift will assist with completing the development of their formulary in which music can be prescribed as therapy to find healing, empowerment and joy.

HCA Healthcare has a long history of supporting veterans and their families. In 2011, HCA Healthcare joined the Veteran Jobs Mission as an inaugural employer member, committed to the coalition’s goal of hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. The coalition has collectively hired over 900,000 veterans and military spouses since 2011. In 2012, HCA Healthcare joined the second cohort of the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership in order to formalize our commitment to hiring military spouses. In 2013, HCA Healthcare joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes national advisory councils on veteran and military spouse employment, and, in 2015, HCA Healthcare received the Lee Anderson Award for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. In 2018, HCA Healthcare was an inaugural employer partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses” campaign and has since hired more than 7,000 military spouses. Participation in these councils enables our military affairs program to make programmatic adjustments to our recruiting and hiring programs, committed to connecting military talent to meaningful career opportunities.

In 2013, HCA Healthcare committed to host up to 50 protégés per year in the mentorship program sponsored by American Corporate Partners that assist transitioning service members and their families to build fulfilling careers and bridge the gap between the military and private sector. Since partnering together, HCA Healthcare colleagues have hosted more than 550 protégés through the mentorship program.

In 2019, HCA Healthcare and the U.S. Army Medical Recruitment Brigade created the Patriot Partnership Program providing specialized education and training for physician residency and fellowship programs nationwide. In 2021, HCA Healthcare received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserves (ESGR). 

Military veteran Alex Kell and two HCA Healthcare colleagues
U.S. Army veteran and HCA Healthcare colleague Alex Kell (center) was recognized on HCA Healthcare’s corporate campus for being named to VIQTORY’s 2023 Employee Veteran Leadership Award list. Pictured with Randy Ligon, assistant vice president of implementation and clinical informatics with HCA Healthcare’s Information Technology Group (left), and Jim Powlus, vice president of implementation and operations with HCA Healthcare’s Information Technology Group (right).

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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