The country’s largest Catholic hospital system says its employees must get the shots by mid-November, joining the likes of Vanderbilt University Medical Center locally, as COVID cases and hospitalizations across Tennessee continue to spike in the unvaccinated population.
The country’s largest hospital company, based in Nashville, released its second quarter earnings Tuesday. HCA has experienced a strong rebound from COVID-19 and is mostly back to treating patients on par with pre-pandemic levels.
Being designated a “trauma center” allows a cascade of lucrative reimbursement. HCA has pushed to have more of its hospitals named trauma centers — and it’s not slowing down.
The country’s largest hospital chain is getting into the manufacturing business. Nashville-based HCA says it’s entered into a new joint venture with a health care products manufacturer to make masks, gloves and gowns in North Carolina.
HCA says it’s voluntarily returning $6 billion to the federal government. The money was paid to the hospital chain as part of two programs to prop up the health care industry amid the pandemic.
It’s been a point of pride in Nashville’s health care community just how many companies trace their roots back to HCA. It’s locally known as the “family tree.” And that tight-knit business community has generated more wealth in Nashville than any other industry. But it’s also failed to build critical diversity within its upper ranks.
Nashville-based health experts shared new localized outbreak projections Thursday morning and said social distancing appears to be reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
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Listen / Nashville-based HCA launched 50 years ago at a time when for-profit health care basically didn’t exist. The company has faced five decades of highs and lows. And as it marks its anniversary, executives are being more candid about how the business model has evolved since 1968.
Listen / Nashville-based HCA continues to generate big profits, even as other hospital operators struggle. And company executives say they’re benefiting from the competitive labor market.