Henry's Hospital Wedding
After months in the ICU, a COVID-19 survivor marries his fiancée outside of a Florida hospital, surrounded by the doctors and nurses who saved his life.
At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we executed a plan to further protect our people. We shored up our supply chain — our capabilities, logistical management, control system and sourcing — to secure necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the looming increase of COVID-19 cases. We also put in place enhanced precautions to make our clinical care facilities among the safest possible places for our employees and our patients. Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our safety policies have included universal masking, isolating COVID-19 patients, enhanced screening and virtual visitation policies.
We also committed to continuing employment, and we are proud to say that we have not laid off or furloughed a single employee as a result of the pandemic. Early on, HCA Healthcare launched a special pandemic pay program, which guaranteed that full- and part-time colleagues in clinical and non-clinical support services would continue to receive 70% of their base pay if they were not scheduled for their full shifts and could not be redeployed to other facilities. Our no-layoff policy also helped ensure our hospitals would have sufficient staffing as facilities reopened and services resumed.
Any colleague who had to quarantine due to exposure or a positive COVID-19 test also received 100% of base pay for scheduled hours during the quarantine period, regardless of where the exposure took place. As of December 31, 2020, more than 127,000 employees had taken advantage of the program, and the organization spent more than $200 million in supporting those employees.
This year, HCA Healthcare was recognized on the 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies ranking, an annual guide that identifies the best places for professionals to grow their careers and develop skills. The ranking acknowledges organizations for investing in employee success, career development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
One example of how we invest in colleagues’ career development is through our partnership with Galen College of Nursing. In 2020, Galen College of Nursing joined the HCA Healthcare family, bringing together two leading nursing organizations to increase access to education and provide nursing career development opportunities that positively impact patient care. The collaboration is the largest academic practice partnership in the U.S.
In addition, HCA Healthcare has become a significant provider of clinical and medical education and is the largest sponsor of graduate medical education programs in the U.S., with 303 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited programs, more than 5,000 residents and fellows and 61 teaching hospitals.
We have not laid off or furloughed a single employee as a result of the pandemic.
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