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For our country:

We have voluntarily returned or repaid early approximately $6 billion in relief funds because it is the right thing to do.

The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, 2020, provided emergency financial assistance to healthcare providers and was intended to ensure hospitals would have essential resources during the pandemic.

During the early days of the pandemic, we took a conservative approach to meet the operational and financial challenges this global health crisis was expected to present. As a result of these actions, and other factors, HCA Healthcare was able to return, or repay early, approximately $6 billion in CARES Act funds. We chose to return the taxpayer dollars we did not need because it’s the right thing to do. We greatly appreciate the CARES Act funding and the policymakers who fought hard to ensure hospitals would have the essential resources during the pandemic.

HCA Healthcare has a history of giving back to our country in other ways as well. For instance, our network enables us to conduct leading-edge research and share best practices and support services not just across our facilities, but also across the country. Supported by HCA Healthcare Research Institute (HRI) and Sarah Cannon Research Institute, our organization conducts large-scale clinical research with partners including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and the CDC to help improve the patient experience and inform patient care supported by research. More than 480 first-in-human clinical trials have been conducted across the Sarah Cannon Research Institute network, and more than 3,700 patients were enrolled in clinical trials across Sarah Cannon sites in 2020.

HCA Healthcare also partners with local, state and federal governments, technology companies and other health systems to pool resources, expertise and capabilities that have created innovative alliances that help improve the national response to COVID-19. As part of this effort, HCA Healthcare provided up to 1,000 ventilators to hospitals experiencing a surge of patients with COVID-19.

In 2021, HCA Healthcare was recognized for the 11th time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. HCA Healthcare is one of only seven honorees in the Healthcare Providers category this year.

HCA Healthcare has returned or repaid early approximately $6 billion in CARES Act funds.

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