A workforce reflecting the communities we serve
“The ongoing pandemic reminds us daily of the crucial importance of providing an adequate pipeline of skilled healthcare professionals. This timely and generous partnership allows us to train more students who will join the frontlines of those fighting to protect America’s health.”
Dr. Larry Robinson, Florida A&M University President
Strategic partnerships build diverse talent pipeline
HCA Healthcare supports colleagues in the work they do every day, creates opportunities for connection and dialogue, and enables us to better attract, engage and develop diverse talent. In May 2021, HCA Healthcare announced a $10 million investment over the next three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across our footprint. This commitment supports our goal for a diverse pipeline of future healthcare professionals and leaders, ultimately helping us to deliver more equitable, culturally competent care. The investment includes a $1.5 million partnership with Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Allied Health Sciences. Through internship stipends and scholarships, the funding will help pave student pathways from undergraduate to graduate to management careers in the healthcare industry.
In January 2021, we established the Market and Hospital Governance Taskforce to elevate market and hospital governance practices across the enterprise by developing guidance related to recommended roles, objectives, operations and composition for our market and hospital boards of trustees. The guidance developed by the taskforce includes best practices for advancing board diversity and quantifiable board composition targets to ensure our market and hospital boards of trustees reflect the unique diversity of the communities we serve.
Advancing our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) commitments
Our Executive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and Division Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils oversee the deployment of our DEI strategies and programs across the enterprise. We are adding new roles in our divisions to provide dedicated and local focus to the DEI agenda.
Additionally, the HCA Healthcare Foundation collaborated with our Division Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils in investing up to $300,000 in grants to support strengthening partnerships with local community organizations supporting social justice and health equity. Grants already distributed to local organizations include the Urban League of Broward, RISE Augusta, the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, Gentlemen by Choice, Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado, Hispanic Unity of Florida and Project Access, among others.
HCA Healthcare is committed to working with and investing in diverse businesses, including those owned and operated by people of color, women, veterans and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We have partnered with our Capital Deployment team and HealthTrust to act on strengthening our relationships with diverse suppliers. Our Division Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils are setting goals for local diversity spending.