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Natural disaster response

Whether natural disaster or pandemic, HCA Healthcare strives to always be prepared to respond to any emergency our hospitals and communities might face.

In addition to the pandemic, our nation and organization faced a record number of natural disasters in 2020, including hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

The Enterprise Emergency Operations Center (EEOC) did not skip a beat to support our patients, colleagues and communities in danger. They partnered with community organizations and shared data, best practices and web-based education with other Emergency Operation Centers throughout the country.

When Hurricane Laura hit the U.S. in August, our disaster response teams faced a unique challenge, as the storm occurred during other enterprise emergency incidents, including Hurricane Marco, wildfires in San Jose and the ongoing COVID-19 response. During the storm, Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, faced power outages and a total breakdown of the community’s water utility.

Our organization’s unique scale allowed us to fully support Rapides with a constant chain of water tank deliveries, and we were also able to support other community healthcare systems in need.

HCA Healthcare colleagues assisting with tornado recovery

HCA Healthcare colleagues assisted local nonprofits with tornado recovery efforts in Middle Tennessee.

Tornadoes in Tennessee

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HCA Healthcare Hope Fund disaster grants for the Tennessee tornadoes and Gulf Coast hurricanes

After tornadoes passed through Middle Tennessee on March 3, 2020, damaging approximately 2,000 homes and buildings, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation pledged to donate up to $1 million to assist those affected. $500,000 was divided up and donated to the Red Cross Southern Tornadoes and Floods Relief fund, HCA Healthcare’s nonprofit partners, and Hands On Nashville and the Community Resource Center.