NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
$500,000 donation will support immediate disaster relief nationwide
HCA Healthcare (HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom, today announced its support of the American Red Cross through a $500,000 contribution to the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). HCA Healthcare’s support helps the Red Cross to meet the needs of people affected by disasters big and small, anytime and anywhere across the United States.
“We know firsthand the help Red Cross provides to people and communities during the most difficult times,” said Sam Hazen, HCA Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “HCA Healthcare’s culture is built on a deep-rooted belief in taking care of others while taking care of each other, and we are privileged to continue our support of disaster relief efforts by the Red Cross.”
In addition to today’s announcement, HCA Healthcare, and its employees through an employee match program, have a long history of joining with the Red Cross in its efforts to provide disaster relief around the world, including support for victims of earthquakes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters. HCA Healthcare over the last three years has provided $2.5 million in financial support to the Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. Along with hurricane relief support, HCA Healthcare has contributed more than $1 million to the Red Cross with funding going to capital campaigns such as bloodmobiles for mobile donations, the Home Fire Campaign to put smoke detectors in homes, and “Together We Prepare” disaster training.
Members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge financial and in-kind donations in advance of disasters, powering the Red Cross with strong infrastructure, trained volunteers, innovative technology and critical resources necessary to provide relief and support to those in crisis. These annual contributions allow the Red Cross to respond immediately to disasters, help families during the recovery process and prepare people for future emergencies.
“Every day, people turn to the American Red Cross for help in the face of disasters,” said Trevor Riggen, senior vice president, American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services. “With the advance support of HCA Healthcare and its employees, the Red Cross can prepare individuals and communities for the unexpected and provide relief whenever and wherever disasters strike – whether it’s a wildfire, hurricane, home fire or other emergency. We are truly grateful for their annual partnership that helps ensure we can deliver our lifesaving mission each year.”
While large disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires typically draw national attention, each year the Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters across the country—the majority of which are home fires. Contributions to the ADGP provide a reliable funding base and enable the Red Cross to provide services to people in need of assistance at no cost and regardless of income. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers serve in their local communities every day conducting disaster preparedness presentations and giving people the reassurance and confidence to face crises of all kinds.
About HCA Healthcare
Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 31 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Please click here to connect with HCA Healthcare on social media.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
All references to “Company,” “HCA” and “HCA Healthcare” as used throughout this document refer to HCA Healthcare, Inc. and its affiliates.