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HCA Healthcare And The HCA Healthcare Foundation To Contribute Up To $1 Million To Tennessee Tornado Relief Efforts

March 9 - HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation's leading healthcare providers, and the HCA Healthcare Foundation today announced they will donate up to $1 million to assist those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Middle Tennessee.

Headquartered in Nashville, HCA Healthcare has deep roots in Middle Tennessee, with more than 50 years of history providing lifesaving care to the community. The tornadoes, which touched down in the area early Tuesday, March 3 and stretched more than 50 miles, damaged approximately 2,000 homes and buildings in their tracks.

"We are seeing firsthand the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Middle Tennessee, a place HCA Healthcare and many of our colleagues call home," said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. "Many of our friends and colleagues were impacted and many more are doing what they can to help their neighbors in need. We are honored to join with countless others in support of the relief efforts in our home state."

Of the contribution, $500,000 is being donated to the following efforts:

  • $250,000 will be donated to the Red Cross Southern Tornadoes and Floods Relief fund for its important work opening and operating shelters, distributing food and relief supplies, and providing emotional support for survivors. HCA Healthcare is a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and contributes an additional $500K annually to enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters and respond wherever and whenever they occur and help families through the recovery process.
  • $150,000 will go towards meeting the immediate needs of HCA Healthcare's nonprofit partners that were impacted by the storms.
  • $100,000 is being given to Hands on Nashville and the Community Resource Center, who are leading the response in the local community. Both organizations will receive $50,000.

"HCA Healthcare is a longtime friend and supporter of Hands On Nashville, and we're grateful to them for helping us respond effectively to this and other disasters," said Lori Shinton, Hands On Nashville president and chief executive officer. "Our partnership with HCA Healthcare has evolved and grown stronger over time thanks in large part to their enthusiasm for innovation, which is helping us expand the scope of what volunteers can do to help their communities. Their dedication to our work has never been more important than in this time of great need."

HCA Healthcare plans to contribute an additional $500,000 to assist its community partners with long-term recovery efforts. This is expected to include initiatives for rebuilding and strengthening local communities as well as help with infrastructure needs throughout the region.

HCA Healthcare colleagues across the state are participating in the relief efforts by volunteering time and resources to help those affected. Additionally, the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund--an employee-run, employee-supported 501(c)(3) charity that provides financial aid and resources to employees after extended illness, injury, disaster or other special situations--is providing grants to HCA Healthcare colleagues impacted by the tornadoes.

For more information about The HCA Healthcare Hope Fund, visit https://www.hcahopefund.com/.


UnitedHealth Group Donates $150,000 to Help Residents of Tennessee Affected by Tornadoes and Severe Weather

  • UnitedHealth Group deploying health care delivery capabilities in affected areas
  • Company also offers 1:1 match for employee donations supporting disaster-relief efforts

March 05 - UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses are donating $150,000 to help residents of Tennessee recover and rebuild from the tornadoes and severe weather around Nashville. UnitedHealth Group will donate the funds to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. The company will also match employee donations to charities supporting recovery efforts dollar-for-dollar.

"We are deeply concerned for the thousands of people affected by the recent tornadoes, and we're committed to helping them recover and rebuild," said Keith Payet, CEO of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. "We are also taking action to ensure the people we serve have access to the care they need, and have worked to ensure the safety and well-being of our colleagues in the region."

"UnitedHealth Group's donation is fueling efforts on the long road to recovery, and we thank them for their generosity," said Governor Bill Lee. "I encourage the business community to remain engaged as we work together to rebuild the communities affected by this tragic storm."

"UnitedHealth Group's incredible generosity will help thousands of Tennesseans put their lives back together," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which administers the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. "Thank you to UnitedHealth Group for this significant and meaningful donation and its commitment to supporting the health and recovery of our Middle Tennessee communities affected by these devastating storms."

In addition to financial support for the affected communities, UnitedHealthcare and Optum are taking the following actions to support affected members, as well as those in the community:

  • Help Finding a Network Care Provider, Early Refills: Plan participants who need help finding a care provider in the UnitedHealthcare network or obtaining early prescription refills can call customer care at the number located on the back of their medical ID cards.
  • UnitedHealthcare App: People enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual health plans who have a smartphone can download the free UnitedHealthcare app, which provides instant access to their ID card, the ability to review and manage prescription medications, locate nearby network care providers and facilities, review their personal health benefits and more. The app also enables eligible plan participants to directly schedule and conduct a Virtual Visitwith a doctor and schedule a callback from a UnitedHealthcare customer service advocate. The app is available now for download at no additional charge for Android and Apple devices to people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare health benefit plans.
  • Free Emotional-Support Help Line:Optum is offering a free emotional-support help line to people affected by the tornadoes and severe weather. The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources. Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at liveandworkwell.com.