We don’t just care for our patients. We also care for our communities. When disaster strikes, we are there, ready and willing to give our time, expertise and financial support to help our friends and neighbors move forward.
Because of our geographic reach and scale, HCA Healthcare benefits from comprehensive emergency planning shared across a 180+ hospital system that includes a dedicated enterprise emergency response team and cutting-edge communications technology. Every hospital prepares for worst-case scenarios, and that preparation has saved lives after natural disasters, major traffic accidents and mass shootings.
In 2018, the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund donated $1,123,725 to colleagues affected by natural disasters.
With dozens of facilities along the Gulf and Florida coasts, hurricane preparedness and response is a fact of life. For example, in anticipation of Hurricane Michael in 2018, we prepared staffing and supplies and secured generator power to help ensure that our hospitals could continue operating and caring for patients during and after the storm. All patients in the hurricane's path were securely transferred to safe facilities.
After the storm passed, our colleagues at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center demonstrated significant need due to the devastation Hurricane Michael wrought on their community. Through the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, 1,129 families affected by the Category 4 hurricane were aided.
And a year later, the relief and rebuilding continued. Thousands in the Florida Panhandle were unable to return to work or had been laid off, including more than 600 workers from a nonaffiliated hospital in Panama City. Realizing that HCA Healthcare’s scale would offer a breadth of opportunities, our organization and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center held two job fairs—one at the hospital and the other at a local convention center—before the holidays to assist job seekers, including HCA Healthcare colleagues, displaced and affected by the storm.
Our other relief efforts included:
- A donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross assisted those affected by Hurricane Michael.
- More than 100 HCA Healthcare nurses volunteered to travel to areas impacted by Hurricanes Michael and Florence.