HCA Healthcare
December 14, 2022


Source: Nashville Post
Author: Staff reports
Date: December 14, 2022

HCA Healthcare Inc. has announced it will donate $1 million to local nonprofit Musicians On Call.

Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients, families and caregivers in health care environments.

According to a release, the money will fund the creation and launch of MOC’s online platform designed to enable the organization to reach more hospital patients and health care workers nationwide than would otherwise be the case.

MOC’s virtual and in-person programming are scheduled to be implemented in 16 HCA Healthcare hospitals across California, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. To kick off the collaboration, patients and hospital staff at TriStar Centennial Medical Center were treated to a special live performance by Charles Esten, star of CMT’s Nashville and Netflix original series Outer Banks, this week. Esten visited patients in their rooms for private performances at the bedside. His visit marked MOC’s 10th event held at TriStar Centennial and the first in-person program since pandemic restrictions were put in place.

“We are excited to be working alongside Musicians On Call to bring their innovative live music programs to our facilities across the country,” Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, said in the release. “We pride ourselves on providing our patients and caregivers with a high quality experience inside our hospitals, and our expanded collaboration with Musicians On Call will help us to do that.”

Pete Griffin, MOC president and chief executive officer, said the platform technology would not be possible “without the support of funders like HCA Healthcare, whose belief in our mission is crucial in helping us on our path to the next million served.”

Since 2012, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation have given more than $200,000 to support MOC. HCA Healthcare facilities, including TriStar Centennial Women's and Children's Hospital, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children's Hospital, have hosted MOC Bedside programs for their patients and staff.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare has supported a number of special programs and initiatives including the annual Hope for the Holidays virtual concert experience and MOC’s 20th anniversary celebration. HCA Healthcare has colleagues who sit on MOC’s board of directors and advisory council, and who serve as volunteer guides and volunteer musicians.

Musicians On Call began operations in 1999 and has since helped more than 1 million people, the release notes.