Clinical research and partnerships

Noely Urbina, Medical Technologist, Medical City Dallas 

At HCA Healthcare, research helps unlock insights to real-world data and treatments to advance patient care.

The HCA Healthcare Research Institute is the multispecialty clinical research arm of our organization focused on advancing therapies for patients through our affiliated network of providers and care sites. Colleagues and clinicians across HCA Healthcare work to leverage our size and scale to support clinical research needs and collaborate with industry partners to advance medicine. In 2023, the Research Institute expanded support to 36 sites throughout our network and participated in more than 300 industry-sponsored studies.

Also in 2023, HCA Healthcare and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute announced a partnership with GRAIL, LLC, a healthcare company focused on pioneering new technologies to advance early cancer detection. Through this partnership, GRAIL’s Galleri® multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test is now available at select HCA Healthcare physician practices to patients who meet screening criteria.

We continued our joint venture with McKesson Corporation, combining the resources and expertise of McKesson’s US Oncology Research (USOR) and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI).

Additionally, HCA Healthcare continues to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and the University of California, Irvine, and recently published the results of a multi-state clinical trial designed to identify the best strategy for preventing life-threatening healthcare-associated intensive care unit (ICU) infections. The results from the study found that a nasal antibiotic ointment, mupirocin, is highly effective at preventing Staphylococcus aureus infections in critically ill patients, outperforming an antiseptic solution containing iodine. Having collaborated with these same organizations in the past on previous clinical trials such as REDUCE MRSA and ABATE, both of which were also published in high profile medical journals, HCA Healthcare is proud to continue to pursue research to resolve clinical questions and advance patient care.