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HCA Innovators Award

September 04, 2018

“What if?” is a question the company has encouraged its employees to ask ever since it led to the creation of HCA Healthcare 50 years ago.

HCA Innovators Award

HCA Healthcare colleagues submit hundreds of ideas for advancing health and patient care every year and all are reviewed and considered. Many are implemented.

The HCA Innovators Award was created in 2010 to recognize the company’s innovative thinkers. The award itself, the crystal “Tommy,” is designed in tribute to HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr.

“Innovation inside of HCA Healthcare is a key component of what differentiates our company,” says Sam Hazen, president and chief operating officer. “Across the company, our employees are constantly finding ways to solve problems or improve things. These innovations help us improve patient satisfaction, deliver higher quality outcomes, improve our nursing operations, engage our physicians and generate growth.”

Innovation inside of HCA Healthcare is a key component of what differentiates our company.

— Sam Hazen, president and chief operating officer

National awards go to recipients in three categories:

  • Service Excellence: Awarded for workable solutions that enhance the experience of patients, physicians or employees; promote efficiency, improve patient satisfaction and/or support diversity initiatives.
  • Quality and Patient Safety: Awarded for workable solutions that improve the use of clinical resources; automate a manual process and/or reduce employee health issues.
  • Financial Impact: Awarded for workable solutions that result in measurable expense reduction; enhanced patient care management and/or increased patient volume. HCA Innovators Award recipients receive a $10,000 gift.

2017 Quality & Patient Safety Recipient
Donna Harrell, RD, LDN, CNSC
HealthTrust
Nashville, Tennessee

2017 Service Excellence Recipient
Aaron Montlary
HCA Healthcare Information Technology & Services (IT&S)
Nashville, Tennessee

2017 Financial Impact Recipient
David Chia
Far West Division IT&S
Henderson, Nevada