Active volunteering was also noteworthy last year, with more than 5,200 colleagues donating 83,000+ hours to almost 3,000 organizations across the country.
Those actions would undoubtedly warm the heart of HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., who once said, “Be happy in your community. Be active. There is so much good to do in this world and so many different ways to do it.”
As Dr. Frist suggested, that compassion for the places we live and work can take various forms. More than $225,000 — targeted for diversity and inclusion — was raised by colleagues through social justice matching gifts. One event had an especially high profile. Partnering with the Cleveland Clinic during last fall’s presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA Healthcare provided COVID-19 testing and screening as well as education and enforcement of health rules, including a mask requirement.
Dr. Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer and clinical operations group president, says HCA Healthcare was well qualified for the role, having not only the resources but also the “expertise honed through experience refining safety protocols and protection measures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In late fall, 95 HCA Healthcare facilities located in 18 states hosted “Crush the Crisis” Opioid Take-Back events that resulted in the collection of more than 13,500 pounds of unused or expired medications, the equivalent of approximately 9.3 million doses.
A week later, the virtual Hack for the Community event — another HCA Healthcare Foundation initiative — featured 200 volunteers connecting with 30 business partners and contributing 3,500 hours to devise technology solutions for 14 Tennessee-based nonprofits. The event inspires IT talent to think outside the box to solve problems and give back to the community, and it connects organizations to much-needed tech resources.