Hospital Corporation of America
Headquarters: Nashville, TN
At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation's first hospital companies. Today, it is the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 163 hospitals and 109 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and Great Britain and employing approximately 183,000 people.
Approximately four to five percent of all inpatient care delivered in the country today is provided by HCA facilities.
Senior Vice President & Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
HCA Inc. (Hospital Corporation of America)
HCA is a responsible and concerned citizen of all localities where it has facilities. In furtherance of this responsibility, HCA will protect and preserve the environment through, at a minimum, the following cost-effective practices:
- Encouraging the recycling of materials where recycling is commercially practical and the minimization, consistent with the law, of waste streams which require additional processing.
- Considering the effect on the indoor environment before introducing a new product into the facility.
- Encouraging the continued reduction of energy usage throughout its facilities.
- Evaluating, and where appropriate, incorporating environmentally- preferable alternatives when designing new construction and major renovations.
In support of the above goals, HCA has accomplished the following:
- Established a Sustainability Steering Committee to provide overall guidance on environmental sustainability throughout the system. The Committee created four Task Forces: Energy & Water, Construction and Major Renovation, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, and Waste Stream, to establish detailed guidance, procedures, or approaches in each of these areas.
- Appointed Sustainability Coordinators at all hospitals, with overall responsibility for implementing sustainability initiatives at their hospitals.
- Implemented one of the first system-wide Integrated Waste Management Programs in healthcare, designed to both decrease costs and increase recycling.
- Implemented the first integrated pest management specifications in healthcare.
- Led the effort to create uniform environmental questions for purchasing of certain devices.
- Achieved energy reductions of $12 million through recommissioning.
- Implemented the reprocessing of original equipment manufacturer designated single-use devices resulting in over 660 tons of waste being diverted and cost savings of over $39 million.
- Recycled 79% of all construction debris, resulting in over 9,000 tons of waste being diverted from landfills.
- In the future, HCA will continue to look for opportunities to economically protect the environment while improving its operations.