HCA Healthcare recently announced COVID-19 relief efforts for local community partners and fellow colleagues.
Through the HCA Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCA Healthcare, and a tax-exempt trust affiliated with HCA Healthcare will provide more than $1 million in grants to local community organizations to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Like our colleagues that are serving on the frontlines of this crisis by providing life-saving care to patients, local organizations are also stepping up to address the needs of their communities in remarkable ways, including emergency response, addressing food shortages and providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “HCA Healthcare is honored to support our communities during this unprecedented time of rapidly changing needs.”
The one-time grants of $10,000 to $250,000 have been distributed to community partners that are focused on the COVID-19 emergency response and food banks, including:
- The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Emergency and Disaster Response Fund (Asheville, North Carolina)
Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund (Houston, Texas)
Austin Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Austin’s All Together ATX Fund (Austin, Texas)
United Way of Greater Nashville’s COVID-19 Response Fund (Nashville, Tennessee)
United Way Galveston County Mainland (Texas City, Texas)
United Way of the Coastal Bend COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Communities in Schools of San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
YMCA of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, Missouri)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)
San Antonio Food Bank (San Antonio, Texas)
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr, Texas)
North Texas Food Bank (Plano, Texas)
Tarrant Area Food Bank (Fort Worth, Texas)
“We are so honored by this gift of love,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. “It is because of generous support from partners like HCA Healthcare that our staff and volunteers will be able to provide meals and emergency food in the weeks and months to come for those most impacted by this emergency.”
Additional grants will be made to HCA Healthcare community partners in Florida, Colorado and Kansas.
The Frist Foundation Gives $1 Million to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund in Support of Colleagues Impacted by COVID-19
The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity that helps HCA Healthcare employees and their immediate families who are affected by financial hardship, recently announced that the Frist Foundation has donated $1 million to support colleagues affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Frist Foundation was established in 1982, by two of HCA Healthcare’s founders – Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr. and Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr.
In the last three weeks, more than 700 HCA Healthcare colleagues have turned to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund for help as they have experienced the loss of a spouse’s employment or other unexpected financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to assisting with critical household expenses as it always has, the fund recently announced a special financial program to help working parents with childcare costs due to temporary school closures.
“We are grateful for the Frist family’s steadfast support of our colleagues during this difficult time,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “This is just one example of how HCA Healthcare rallies around one another to provide support when devastation strikes.”
Last week, Hazen announced that he will donate 100 percent of his April and May pay to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund. Additionally, every one of the 27-member senior leadership team has either done the same or increased their contributions substantially. Hospital CEOs and their leadership teams across the company have also stepped up and answered the challenge to join in the effort. The HCA Healthcare Board of Directors has also waived its cash compensation for the remainder of the year, allowing the company to make additional contributions to the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund.
“We are honored to support our HCA Healthcare family through these unprecedented times,” said Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. “Their constant focus on providing expert and compassionate care for our communities is always inspiring, but even more so now.”
Since the onset of COVID-19, the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund has experienced three times as many requests for grants, of which approximately 70 percent are related to loss of a spouse’s income, 20 percent are for childcare assistance, and 10 percent are illness-related.
The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of employees from across the country. Since inception, it has helped HCA Healthcare colleagues by providing more than $58 million through 36,000 grants.
For more information on the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, visit www.hcahopefund.com.