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HCA volunteers help plant trees during HCA's Community Days: A Month of Service initiative

Partner Spotlight: Q&A with HCA Healthcare Foundation

HCA Healthcare — the Nashville-based company that owns and operates more than 186 hospitals and 2,000 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom — has a long history of service, including through partnerships with Hands On Nashville. We spoke with the Corporate Community Engagement team about how 2020 has been different for the company’s desire to give back to their communities.

Q: Let’s start with the history: Can you tell me a little bit about the history of the HCA Healthcare Foundation? What made them want to get started helping others?

HCA Healthcare employees volunteer throughout the year for various nonprofits and their missions. [Photo by Ademola Ogunnaike]

A: The mission of the HCA Healthcare Foundation is to promote health and well-being and to strive to make a positive impact in all the communities HCA Healthcare serves. We accomplish this mission by providing to nonprofit organizations support in three areas — leadership, through colleague board service; service, through colleagues volunteering their time and talents; and financial support, through direct grants and by matching colleagues’ charitable contributions. HCA Healthcare is committed to our communities well beyond the efforts of the Foundation. Giving, serving, leading and learning are key components of our approach to helping every colleague engage in a meaningful way with their communities.

An HCA Physicians Group employee assists in planting a tree during HCA’s Community Days: A Month of Service. [Photo by Ademola Ogunnaike]

Q: One of your big initiatives is HCA’s Community Days! Can you tell me a little bit about that?

A: This year, because of COVID-19, HCA Healthcare re-imagined its long-standing tradition of two days of service completed by corporate colleagues as Community Days: A Month of Service. From Oct. 1-31, our Nashville-based colleagues were encouraged to volunteer safely in person or virtually at nonprofit agencies across Middle Tennessee in increments of one hour or more. We partnered with our long-standing nonprofit agencies to bring back favorite projects and relied heavily on Hands On Nashville to help us explore new ways — virtually and in person — our colleagues could volunteer.

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