“Prevention … doesn’t make money.” HCA’s Long History of Putting Profit First

Dr. Irving Kent Loh recently spoke out about HCA asking him to move his cardiovascular disease prevention center, Ventura Heart Institute (VHI), off hospital premises years ago.


Previously part of HCA-owned Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA, VHI focuses on community outreach and education around cardiovascular disease, screening patients for preventable risk factors. 


When HCA bought the hospital, they “politely, but firmly, invited VHI to vacate its location off the lobby of the old Los Robles Hospital to a remote off-campus site because I was told, verbatim, ‘every square foot of the hospital has to make money.’ And prevention, as admirable and laudable goal as it is, doesn’t make money,” Dr. Loh wrote for VC Star. Read more.