HealthONE Donates 5,330 Meals to Local Food Banks

 HealthONE, as a part of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announced the results of its annual Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows Food and Nutrition Drive. This fall, HCA Healthcare, their colleagues and the HCA Healthcare Foundation provided more than 1 million nutritious meals to community food banks by donating food or making financial contributions to help purchase perishable items such as milk, fruit and vegetables. This eclipses the 878,000 meals provided by the organization in 2022.

As one of the participants in HCA Healthcare’s Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows Food and Nutrition Drive, HealthONE hospitals initiated campaigns in all Denver-metro facilities during December 2023 in response to the growing issue of food insecurity for the 33% of Coloradoans who lack reliable access to nutritious food. Through the food drives, colleagues generously contributed enough food for 5,330 meals. The food items were donated to six local food pantries. Furthermore, 17 colleagues from HealthONE facilities volunteered in November and December at Food Bank of the Rockies to aid in packing 181 pallets with 187,100 pounds of food equating to 151,305 meals for our neighbors in need.

In addition, HealthONE’s Medical Center of Aurora was acknowledged by the HCA Healthcare Foundation for their creative and effective approach to collecting and displaying their non-perishable food during the drive, and received a $10,000 grant to share with local beneficiary, Aurora Interfaith Community Services.

“With the growth in food insecurity, it is encouraging to see HealthONE colleagues coalesce around the Healthy Foods for Healthier Tomorrows Food and Nutrition drives in the hospitals,” said Maureen McDonald, HealthONE’s AVP for Community Engagement. “These colleagues already give so much to their patients and one another in fulfilling our mission to care for and improve human life. I am inspired to witness their generosity in donating food, financial resources, and their time as volunteers.”

Food insecurity, the lack of consistent access to enough food to have an active, healthy lifestyle, affects 1 in 9 American families. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 17 million U.S. households were food insecure at some point in 2022.

Stephanie Sullivan



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HealthONE to Host “Crush the Crisis” Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28

 HealthONE hospitals are hosting their 5th annual “Crush the Crisis” prescription drug take back day to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal of unused or expired medications, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. The event, which coincides with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, offers the community an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits.

Why: Prescription drug misuse is a public health crisis in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 109,170 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2022, an increase from 2021.

A significant number of drug addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused medications from family and friends.

What: Crush the Crisis – Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The event aims to educate the community on the risk of prescription drug misuse while providing a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits.

HealthONE is participating as part of HCA Healthcare’s fifth annual national “Crush the Crisis” prescription take back day. Last year, more than 100 HCA Healthcare facilities from all 15 U.S. divisions partnered with local law enforcement to collect and safely dispose of 19,423 pounds of medication — an estimated 13.4 million doses — which is the highest amount collected of any Crush the Crisis event to date.

Law enforcement officers from local law enforcement agencies will be collecting: tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). Ointments, lotions, drops, liquid medication (in leak-proof containers) and vape cartridges (without batteries) and pet medications will also be accepted.

Any medications are accepted; however, needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted.

Who: HealthONE colleagues, including doctors, nurses and staff, and members of local law enforcement invite community members to dispose of unused medications safely.

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Where: Centennial Hospital
@Arapahoe County Sheriff, 13101 E. Bronco’s Pkwy, Centennial, CO (follow event signs to the drive-thru drop-off)

The Medical Center of Aurora
1501 S. Potomac Street, Aurora, CO (collection area located in the parking lot north of the hospital on Potomac St. between E. Arkansas Dr. and E. Louisiana Ave.)

North Suburban Medical Center
@Thornton Police Department, 9551 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO (collection area will be in the parking lot in front of the Police Station)
@Thornton Fire Department Station 6, 13150 Quebec St., Thornton, CO
(collection area will be in firehouse garage)

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
2001 High St., Denver, CO (collection area near Emergency Department off 19th and High St.)

Rose Medical Center
4567 E. 9th Ave, Denver, CO (collection area located at the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation entrance off 9th and Clermont)

Sky Ridge Medical Center
10101 RidgeGate Parkway, Lone Tree, CO (collection area at the patient discharge area on the southeast side of the campus, near the Emergency Department)

Swedish Medical Center
501 E. Hampden, Englewood, CO (collection area on Girard Ave. near Logan St. and the West Parking Garage)

Please contact Stephanie Sullivan at 303.990.3582 for more information.

Stephanie Sullivan



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HealthONE Announces HCA Healthcare Foundation’s $50,000 Grant to the Emily Griffith Foundation

 HealthONE announced today that the HCA Healthcare Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Emily Griffith Foundation to conduct healthcare-industry specific Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) trainings to their students and communities. The trainings will be focused on a “train the trainers” model to improve student retention and completion. The grant will also allow the purchase of teaching manikins of color to allow students to learn in a more realistic and representative training environment. The funding is part of the HCA Healthcare Foundation’s Healthier Tomorrow Fund, a $75 million community impact fund announced this year that is designed to support innovative initiatives focused on addressing high priority community needs and health equity.

“Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment has many intersections with our community engagement priorities, one of which is the healthcare workforce pipeline,” stated Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HealthONE. “This grant gives us the chance to both support students and faculty who will impact tomorrow’s healthcare workforce, while also providing training and supplies in support of inclusion and equity.”

Emily Griffith Foundation provides educational and charitable funding for the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and programs of Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC), a nationally accredited public college where students can pursue educational pathways to fuel and advance careers. The Foundation gives more than $1 million in financial support to EGTC each year, with 68% going directly to students in the form of scholarships and 360 Fund emergency cash stipends for wraparound support. Other support includes innovative programming such as the initiatives this grant is funding.

“We are grateful for our partnership with HCA Healthcare Foundation and HealthONE,” said Robin Chalecki, President of the Emily Griffith Foundation. “Their commitment to advancing DEI priorities aligns perfectly with Emily Griffith’s work towards improving healthcare training to be more inclusive and equitable. Through the initiatives funded by this grant, Emily Griffith is proactively addressing the shortage of culturally competent healthcare workers by training its faculty who will in turn train future healthcare workers on patient-centered culturally sensitive approaches and methodologies.”

Funding the Healthier Tomorrow Fund at the HCA Healthcare Foundation is one example of the many ways HCA Healthcare is making a positive impact in the communities it serves. In 2020, HCA Healthcare provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $3.4 billion and incurred $4.1 billion in federal, state and local taxes. Additionally, HCA Healthcare continues to invest in the ongoing education and development of its colleagues and, as an enterprise, contributed $45 million to community organizations in 2020.

As an anchor organization in Colorado and a part of the HCA Healthcare family, HealthONE employs more than 11,000 colleagues in service of their mission: “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.” These human lives include patients, their families, colleagues, board and advisory councils, community partners, and the community at large. In 2020, HealthONE provided $66M in uncompensated care to patients in need, invested $8.4M in community health improvements, $2.8M in community building, and $613,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. With over 150 community partners, HealthONE collaborates to support impacted lives and communities.

All references to “Company,” “HCA” and “HCA Healthcare” as used throughout this document refer to HCA Healthcare, Inc. and its affiliates.


Stephanie Sullivan




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