When HCA Healthcare formed our Military Affairs department in 2011, the veteran unemployment rate was 12.1 percent, says Jon Snider, program manager of military affairs.
Just 11 years later, as of November 2022, that unemployment rate stood at 2.7 percent, reflecting an encouraging increase in veteran hires across several industries. Since 2012, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 40,000 veterans, active-duty personnel and military spouses.
“We seek to attract and recruit military talent because the values and skills instilled in them through their service further strengthen our culture to support our mission,’” says Jon, also a veteran. “Our veterans are not only hard working, but their ability to adapt, overcome and continue their mission makes them valuable to any team as healthcare is continuously evolving and our care teams face new, complex challenges.”
HCA Healthcare attracts and retains qualified veterans by offering purpose, community and development in addition to a career opportunity. In late 2022, HCA Healthcare was recognized by Military Times as one of the country’s best employers based on the organization’s efforts to recruit, retain and support current and former service members, military spouses and military caregivers.
Whether at the patient’s bedside or in an office building, veterans find purpose in their roles by contributing to the care and improvement of human life – the same mission-oriented culture they transitioned from. Our Veteran Colleague Networks offer veterans support and connection, embodying the organization’s commitment to care like family. Colleague Networks are also active in their communities, promoting continued service through volunteer events. The veteran community offers growth and development through mentoring and coaching as colleagues find purpose in their next mission within the organization.
HCA Healthcare’s Military Times recognition honors the work we are doing to support and employ veterans, including:
- Launching an internal mentoring program for veterans and military spouses, to help recently transitioned veterans navigate the civilian workforce.
- Maintaining a Veteran Colleague Network, a voluntary employee-led network facilitating collaboration among colleagues.
- Offering military leave and supplemental pay to eligible colleagues and supporting those continuing to serve as active-duty military while working.