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Our History

The way healthcare was intended.



From the beginning, HCA founders Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. and Jack Massey envisioned creating a healthcare company with the scale, resources and clinical expertise to provide patient-focused care at a time when many communities were growing rapidly and needed more access to healthcare. In 1968, they formed Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) – one of the first hospital companies in the United States.

“Bricks and mortar do not make a hospital. People do.”

Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.

HCA Co-Founder

HCA worked closely with local physicians and used innovative business practices and access to capital to bring much-needed healthcare to growing areas throughout the country. HCA expanded rapidly, building new hospitals in under-served communities, buying and upgrading existing facilities, and collaborating to manage hospitals for other owners. Using its medical background, financial resources and management expertise, HCA built a core group of leading hospitals, an approach it continues to use nearly 50 years later.

“The great hospitals will always put the patient and the patient’s family first, and the really great institutions will provide care with warmth, compassion, and dignity for the individual.”

Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr.

HCA Co-Founder

Today, HCA is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 169 locally managed hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom.

HCA uses its vast clinical knowledge, innovative operating strategies, scale and stability to transform healthcare and help communities thrive. By conducting large-scale clinical research with partners including Harvard Pilgrim Institute and the CDC, and using data from more than 26 million patient encounters each year, HCA has published several medical studies in peer-reviewed journals, including the groundbreaking REDUCE MRSA study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Research and clinical protocols developed by HCA physicians, nurses, pharmacists, data scientists and others are helping develop new standards of care and saving lives in hospitals across the country.