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Patient-centered care

Through innovative approaches to quality improvement and clinical advancements, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients and setting new standards for care.

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, 62 of which occurred in 2020.
    (*Data as of Dec. 2, 2020)
  • In 2020, more than 3,700 patients were enrolled in clinical trials across Sarah Cannon sites, including oncology trials and HRI trials.
  • We conducted various COVID-19-related research projects, including 22 outcomes studies and 12 clinical studies across 20 sites of care.
  • As of January 2021, HCA Healthcare administered more than 300,000 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to HCA Healthcare colleagues and affiliated patient care workers.
  • As a learning health system, we utilize data to improve patient care. As of October 2020, we increased the COVID-19 survival rate by 28% in our hospitals.

Hospital Safety Grade of A or B

In 2020, The Leapfrog Group recognized 81% of HCA Healthcare’s U.S. hospitals with a Hospital Safety Grade of A or B, as compared to 58% of non-HCA Healthcare U.S. hospitals.


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Convalescent plasma and treatment research


patients treated in the COVID-19 convalescent plasma trial

In 2020, 175 HCA Healthcare hospitals across the country participated in a national study to determine if plasma from recovered (convalescent) COVID-19 patients could help in the treatment of individuals currently sick from the virus. As part of this study, HCA Healthcare leveraged its clinical research capabilities as well as its national hospital network to quickly expand collection and testing.

doctor treating a covid patient

Lee Trevor, RN, CPIINS, CHEP, NHDP-BC TriStar Summit Medical Center