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HCA gives $1 million to CDC for Ebola response

Nashville, Tenn. – Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), which operates LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski, recently donated $1 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts.

“The U.S. and other nations around the world are surging our response to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in an effort to save thousands of lives from this terrible disease,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s still possible to reverse this epidemic, and this contribution from HCA, and hopefully others like it, will help scale and speed up our response.”

HCA is one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the U.S. and has a long history of supporting relief efforts, including those following the earthquake in Haiti, the Indonesian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The cash donation was made to the CDC Foundation’s Global Disaster Response Fund.

“Ebola continues to spread rapidly in West Africa, and CDC and others have made it clear that the window of opportunity to contain the virus is closing quickly,” said R. Milton Johnson, president and chief executive officer of HCA. “The time to act is now, and we strongly encourage other companies, particularly those in the healthcare industry, to join us in this important effort to save lives.”

The CDC Foundation is working with donors like HCA to provide much-needed supplies and equipment for use on the ground in West Africa. These items include personal protective equipment, infection control tools, ready-to-eat meals, generators, vehicles and motorcycles, hiring of locally employed staff, exit screening tools and supplies at airports such as thermal scanners to detect fever.

Founded in 1968, HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising locally managed facilities that include 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England.

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