A Brief History of the Hospital Corporation of America, By Greg Angle

Since its inception in 1968, the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) has grown to include 163 hospitals and 109 surgery centers across the United States and England. In the early 1960s, Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., called upon a group of physicians to construct Nashville, Tennessee’s Park View Hospital. The medical team soon realized it would need an organization to manage, staff, and maintain the hospital, so Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., along with Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., and Jack C. Massey, founded HCA.

Over the years, HCA has alternated between private and public ownership and is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Despite these changes in ownership, however, the company has maintained its dedication to high quality, cost effective patient care and a supportive work environment. A healthcare behemoth, HCA employs nearly 200,000 people and provides between four and five percent of the United States’ inpatient care.

About the author: A long-time healthcare administrator, Greg Angle presently leads Los Robles Regional Medical Center, a California hospital owned and operated by the Hospital Corporation of America. In addition to 29 years in the healthcare industry, Greg Angle holds a Master of Health Services Administration.


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