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 […]

From Caregiver to the One Needing Care, Without Warning

Working with patients who are recovering from a stroke or other major medical issue is how James Keith spends his days. But when he became the patient, he was not prepared for how much and how quickly his world would change. “I had an acute stroke and wasn’t aware what had happened right away,” recalls James, a […]

Hope Fund Helps Mother of Three Focus on Getting Better

On Christmas Eve 2015, Belinda Brown, Medical Staff Coordinator at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. At first she didn’t know how to react. “I was more in shock than anything else,” she says. “I lived a healthy lifestyle; I’d rarely been hospitalized before. I just couldn’t […]

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 […]

Your support helps optimistic employee after heart surgeries

When Albert Gonzales had heart-catheterization surgery in of March 2016, he was hoping that this would be the end of the cardiac issues that began with a quadruple bypass in 2006. Instead, he found himself back in the hospital and unable to work just as his wife was laid off from her job. “Of all […]

To Save Her Daughter’s Life, Tamra Needed to Act Fast

Being prepared is one of the most important characteristics for any nurse. When her daughter, Keshana, was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year, Tamra Hall, an RN at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, knew just what the next steps would be. “Being a nurse helped me to come to terms with the […]

When Desiree Was Backed Into a Corner, You Helped Provide a Way Out

If anyone knows what to expect after surgery, it’s a healthcare professional. So when Desiree Singleton needed an outpatient procedure in 2015, she figured she would be back at work pretty quickly.  But unexpected complications led to a much longer recovery period, and the HCA Hope Fund became a partner in her recovery. “I had complications […]

2016 Hope Fund Week Winners

It is so exciting to see all the support employees are showing on the Hope Fund Facebook and Twitter pages. You have a chance to win every day, so be sure to post your picture each day on our Facebook and our Twitter page for a new chance to win! Thank you for participating! Don’t […]

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 […]