Fostering an
engaged workplace

Elise Savant, RN, Med/Surg Resident II, 
Medical City Dallas 
BRAVE Conversations for Black History Month
featured award-winning artist James Threalkill.

We engage our colleagues in educational activities on ways to be more inclusive in the workplace. One of the ways we do this is through our award-winning BRAVE (Bold, Relevant, Authentic, Valuable and Educational) Conversations program. Through BRAVE Conversations, colleagues have the opportunity to discuss complex topics through a safe, immersive dialogue experience.

Thousands of colleagues have attended BRAVE Conversations over the past five years.

  • Our October 2023 employee engagement survey showed that colleagues who were engaged with a Colleague Network reported having a higher sense of belonging at HCA Healthcare compared to the general colleague population. 
(Left to right): Melissa Blaise, Manager of Rehab Services, HCA Florida Woodmont Hospital; Anginique Alexander, Director of Patient Safety, HCA Florida Northwest Hospital; Kieyona Davis, Director of Medical Staff Services, HCA Florida University Hospital; and the East Florida Division Black Colleague Network participated in a volunteer event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at C. Robert Markham Elementary School by providing grounds maintenance and beautification at the school.
  • 500+ local jobs expected to be created for adults with autism and neurodiversities
Nicole Tremblett, VP, Identity and Access Management, HCA Healthcare Information Technology Group
  • Through education, recruitment and targeted programming, our Diversability Colleague Network continues to seek to advance awareness and inclusion for colleagues with disabilities, as well as those who serve as caregivers or advocates for persons with disabilities. Our Diversability Colleague Network serves as a valuable advocacy group and has expanded to six divisions within its first year.
  • We are incorporating information about neurodiversity in HCA Healthcare’s 2024 annual Code of Conduct training for colleagues to learn more about ways to best support colleagues and patients who are neurodiverse.
  • The HCA Healthcare Sponsorship Program, created on a recommendation from our Black Senior Leadership Council, was launched in 2022 for a cohort of Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Asian/Pacific Islander executives to support the advancement of leaders of color. The program expanded in 2023 to be available to manager-level and above colleagues.
Dave Owen, Divisional Director, Simulation & Technology, HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, Frisco, TX

Since 2012, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 60,000 veterans, active-duty and reserve personnel and military spouses. 

One of our veteran colleagues, Alex Kell, a senior director with our Information Technology Group, was honored with a 2023 Employee Veteran Leadership Award (EVLA) by VIQTORY’s Military Friendly® program. The prestigious award program selects veterans for having a positive impact on the organizations they work for, as well as the military and veteran community. “HCA Healthcare’s culture is similar to the military in that it prioritizes caring like family and supporting one another,” Alex said. “HCA Healthcare seeks to connect colleagues with a higher purpose and people from the military are looking for that again after separation.”

We were one of the first organizations to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help lead the Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses campaign in 2019. The 2019 campaign was a three-year call to action for U.S. organizations of all sizes to make a collective commitment to hire 100,000 military spouses. Through the campaign, more than 7,000 military spouses have joined HCA Healthcare.

In 2023, HCA Healthcare earned the following distinctions for our efforts to support U.S. veteran and military communities:

  • Military Times recognized HCA Healthcare as a Best for Vets employer for the fourth consecutive year, highlighting its efforts to recruit, retain and support current and former service members, military spouses and military caregivers.
  • VIQTORY has recognized HCA Healthcare as a Military Friendly employer for 13 consecutive years. This year, HCA Healthcare has been upgraded to Gold distinction for our veteran hiring practices, programs and support initiatives.
  • RecruitMilitary® has recognized HCA Healthcare as a 2023 Champion for Military Hiring based on the pursuit of hiring excellence.
  • Disabled American Veterans® has recognized and awarded HCA Healthcare the Patriot Employer award for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to hiring and supporting military talent through employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach.
Sam Hazen, CEO; Jennifer Berres, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Sherri Neal, Chief Diversity Officer; Alex Kell, Senior Director, Information Technology Group; Bill Rutherford, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Marty Paslick, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer; HCA Healthcare 

11,500+ veterans work at HCA Healthcare and use their distinct talents and strengths to serve and create a positive impact for our patients and their local community.

For the second year in a row, HCA Healthcare was named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. HCA Healthcare earned a top score of 100 on the 2023 Disability Equality Index® for our commitment to workplace inclusion.

Military Times recognized us for the fourth consecutive year as a Best for Vets Employer. Since 2012, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 60,000 veterans, active-duty and reserve personnel and military spouses.

We have been recognized as a military-friendly employer for 13 consecutive years by VIQTORY. In 2023, we received a Military Friendly Employer Gold designation from VIQTORY.