The ethics and compliance program's foundation rests on the support of several committees and individuals both at the corporate level and within the facilities.

Corporate ethics and compliance officer

Kathi Whalen serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for HCA Healthcare.

Learn more about Kathi

Ethics and compliance officers (ECOs)

Company-affiliated facilities and divisions have ethics and compliance officers (ECOs) to oversee and implement the HCA Healthcare ethics and compliance program, and to oversee the facility or division's compliance with the requirements of federal healthcare programs.

We have developed guides for facility ECOs which provide them with information, resources and tips on how to effectively oversee the ethics and compliance program in hospital, ambulatory surgery center or service center settings. Copies of the guides are available by emailing ECO Guide. Facility ECOs also receive comprehensive training and education regarding their ECO responsibilities.

Responsible executives

Responsible executives are individuals within the corporate office who have been identified as the subject matter experts in particular areas of compliance risk, and who are responsible for those areas.

List of responsible executives


Ethics and compliance committees throughout HCA provide direction and support to the ethics and compliance program.