Click above to listen to Jamelle’s story. HCA workers know that together in a union, they can speak out: it’s outrageous that HCA is rigging the rules and making millions while healthcare workers who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic every day are underpaid and undervalued. Healthcare workers demand: respect us, protect us, pay us!
- Xochitl Gonzalez, Patient Care Technician, Los Robles Regional Medical Center
- Jennifer Barnes, Medsurge Telemetry Nurse, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
- Jody Domineck, Pediatric Nurse, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
- Davina Padilla, Monitor Tech
- Zavia Norman, Respiratory Therapist, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
Patients, workers, and communities are mobilizing to demand that HCA stop these practices, and that patient needs be prioritized over corporate greed!
Because HCA is the largest for-profit hospital corporation in the nation, their shadow over local hospitals spreads from coast to coast. Their local hospitals frequently operate under different names, leaving local patients unsuspecting of its association with HCA.
No matter the name their local hospitals go under, across the country HCA should not be allowed to put corporate greed over patient need. While patient safety should always come first, staffing levels at HCA hospitals are 30% lower than industry standards for quality care despite HCA’s billions of dollars in profits.
HCA has sued 7,800 of their own patients in Colorado, pursuing aggressive collection tactics against low-income patients who can’t afford to pay their mile-high medical bills.
In North Carolina, doctors resigned en masse after an HCA takeover of a local hospital this February – and HCA is already eyeing more local hospitals as marks for takeover.
In Austin, respected local hospital system St. David’s HealthCare lost $250 million in resources last year as they were funneled to executives in Nashville – resources that should have gone to patient care and PPE for staff.
No matter the name they use, HCA’s pattern is the same, which is why patients and healthcare workers across the nation are mobilizing to demand HCA start putting need over greed.