Janet Finds Help When Things Were Almost Too Much To Bear

After 22 years caring for patients, Janet Shields found herself in need of care. In early 2018, the Memorial Hospital Jacksonville ER clerk was diagnosed with breast cancer. The week she had her lumpectomy, she suffered a detached retina. While surgery was scary enough, having a second problem on top of that — and one […]

The Comerford Family Find Comfort From the HCA Hope Fund and Caring Colleagues

Getting the call that your husband is extremely ill in the hospital is terrifying enough, but when that hospital is far from home, the fear intensifies. That was the situation for Christine Comerford, a nurse in Austin, Texas. She dropped everything so that she could fly to Phoenix and be by her husband’s side.  “He […]

A Bright Spot of Hope During a Difficult Time

Julie Overton, an RN from Kansas, was fighting to keep things together for herself and her family while life seemed to be throwing her one curve ball after another. Since late 2016 Julie had been having severe migraine headaches, and over the next few months her symptoms got progressively worse to include confusion, difficulty with […]

With your support, the Hope Fund helps employee focus on son’s needs during lengthy recovery period

Ask any 13-year-old’s mother, and she will tell you that life is a whirlwind. That is certainly true for Amy Wilson-King and her son Caeden, but in early March 2016 an unexpected diagnosis added a lot of uncertainty and fear as well. “He’d been having some vague symptoms, like blurry vision and headaches, but he’d also […]

A Message of Thanks From Someone Helped by our donors

Each month as donors give to the Hope Fund their generosity is changing lives! Hope Fund recipient Chris Bondie from TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee found his family in need of help after Grayson, his seven-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. Since her diagnosis, she has had a multitude of admissions to the hospital, specialist visits, expensive medications and surgeries. Even minor […]

When Life Changes in the Blink of an Eye

Dec. 14, 2015, started as any other day in the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s emergency department. Eric Heaton, a paramedic, was at a desk in the department’s lobby where patients are checked in when he heard a noise, a scream … and then “the next thing I know, I’m riding on the front of […]