HCA Healthcare Announces $1.35 Million HCA Healthcare Foundation Grant to Educate Texas
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) today announced that the HCA Healthcare Foundation, through its Healthier Tomorrow Fund, will donate $1.35 million over the next three years at Educate Texas, an initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas. The grant aims to increase student access to programs that enable healthcare careers, including Texas high schools that offer healthcare career pathways Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P -TECH).
“At HCA Healthcare, we believe that partnerships are essential to advancing our mission to care for and improve human life,” said Joanne Pulles, President of the HCA Healthcare Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Educate Texas and support this initiative to help provide an important pathway to create new opportunities for students and increase the diversity of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.”
The P-TECH school model, led by the Texas Education Agency with technical assistance provided by Educate Texas, builds relationships with high schools, colleges and industry partners to provide a pathway meaningful to students in grades 9-12 to earn both a high school diploma and a no-cost two-year post-secondary diploma or industry credentials by the time they graduate from ‘secondary studies. P-TECH is an open-enrollment high school program that creates workforce pathways aligned with high-demand, high-paying fields statewide, including healthcare careers.
The grant to Educate Texas is funded through the Healthier Tomorrow Fund, an $80 million community impact fund designed to support innovative initiatives focused on addressing high-priority community needs and health equity. With 45 hospitals in Texas, HCA Healthcare serves communities across the state, including Austin, El Paso, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley.
“We are proud to partner with the HCA Healthcare Foundation in our mission to increase academic success and advance educational equity for all students in Texas,” said John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Educate Texas. “This partnership will support our efforts to expand our work with the P-TECH program so that more students have the opportunity to earn a living wage and pursue sustainable careers in healthcare.”
Since its inception in 2021, the Healthier Tomorrow Fund has committed $4.5 million in grants to 13 organizations. Funding for the HCA Healthcare Foundation’s Healthier Futures Fund is one example of the many ways HCA Healthcare positively impacts the communities it serves. In 2020, HCA Healthcare provided charitable care, uninsured discounts, and other unpaid care at a cost of more than $3.4 billion and incurred $4.1 billion in federal, state, and local taxes . Additionally, HCA Healthcare continues to invest in the ongoing training and development of its colleagues and, as a company, donated $45 million to community organizations in 2020.
Additionally, HCA Healthcare has made extensive efforts to help address the nationwide shortage of nurses and other caregivers, including:
In 2020, HCA Healthcare acquired majority ownership of Galen College of Nursing, one of the largest nurse educators in the United States and announced six new campuses since joining the company.
HCA Healthcare has invested approximately $77.5 million to support more than 26,000 colleagues through its student loan assistance and tuition assistance programs.
HCA Healthcare’s 11 Clinical Advancement Centers across the country provide advanced training that enables nurses and nursing students to hone their craft using high-fidelity, realistic simulation equipment to replicate real-life situations.
For more information about the HCA Healthcare Foundation, visit www.hcacaring.org.
About HCA Healthcare
Based in Nashville, HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading healthcare service providers, comprising 183 hospitals and approximately 2,000 ambulatory care sites, including surgical centers, free-standing emergency rooms, urgent care centers and medical clinics, in 20 states and the UK. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model of hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, provide patient-centered care, and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one which demonstrated that term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another which identified a clinical protocol that can reduce births by 44%. blood infections in intensive care patients. HCA Healthcare is a learning healthcare system that uses its more than 32 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 HCA Healthcare Foundation
The mission of the HCA Healthcare Foundation is to promote health and well-being and strive to have a positive impact in all communities served by HCA Healthcare. We accomplish this mission by providing leadership, service, and financial support to effective nonprofit organizations working individually and collectively.
About Educate Texas
Educate Texas, an initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas, is a trusted agent of change in education in Texas, working through programs and policies to ensure that every student in Texas is prepared for school, in the labor market and in life. Since 2003, Educate Texas has partnered with school districts, higher education institutions, businesses, community and civic organizations, state agencies, and policymakers to strengthen public and higher education systems for all. Texas students. Learn more at edtx.org. Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/educatetexas), Twitter (twitter.com/educatetexas) or LinkedIn (linkedin.com/showcase/educate-texas/).
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