Client Executive, CereCore (a provider of technology and EHR services that support the core of health system operations)
Some people embody the adage, “It’s better to give than to receive.” Tony Jones does.
“What most impressed me about my father was that, when I was young, he’d still make house calls,” says Tony, the son of a nurse and a physician. “He came from a very modest family, and he understood that not everyone was able to pay their medical bills. He cared first about the patient and getting them better, and then worried about the finances.”
As a result, Tony’s father had an enormous impact on his eldest son, nurturing a true sense of caring. In the past 15 years, Tony has traveled to the sites of many natural disasters to assist colleagues in need.
“I’m a helper at heart,” he says. “I’ve been involved with the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund since its inception. When Katrina flooded New Orleans, my team and I worked around the clock for weeks to support our impacted colleagues.”
Tony and his colleagues provided a disaster hotline that the affected colleagues could call to get information, including the status of their paychecks. With the help of other departments, they continued processing payroll to ensure colleagues had the finances to deal with the hardships.
“I’ve been fortunate to help our colleagues in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and in Panama City [Florida] after Hurricane Michael,” says Tony. “I’ve never been so humbled than to see people who are in dire need—who have nowhere to live—come into work every day to make sure that the patients in their facilities were cared for.”
Tony says he intends to continue volunteering with the knowledge that by helping colleagues, he’s impacting the lives of patients. “I work for providing a lifeline of hope to communities and colleagues in need.”