HCA Healthcare is the largest hospital chain in the U.S. It is a for-profit system, delivering billions in profits for HCA shareholders and top executives.
A new report reveals that HCA’s staffing is far below industry averages. System-wide low staffing is contributing to a patient care crisis inside HCA hospitals.
HCA workers sound the alarm on short staffing
A recent national survey¹ found short staffing inside HCA hospitals has reached crisis levels.
The stakes could not be higher. According to frontline workers, short staffing is leaving HCA hospitals frightening unprepared for another COVID surge and HCA caregiver with dangerous burnout.
I feel short staffing at my hospital is compromising patient care.”
Have you ever witnessed patient care be jeopardized by short staffing?”
¹An opt-in survey of 1,500 SEIU nurses and healthcare workers working at HCA hospitals in California, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Nevada and Texas was conducted from December 13, 2021 to January 10, 2022. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3%.
Staffing levels 30% below the national average at HCA hospitals could be harming patients
- CMS has flagged twice as many HCA hospitals for higher than average death rates for pneumonia patients.
- Twice as many HCA hospitals were flagged by CMS for higher than average rates of post-surgery respiratory failure.
HCA hands out billions to shareholders and executives
- HCA paid out $32.2 billion to investors since 2011.
- CEO Sam Hazen made $20.6 million in 2021 – while HCA workers made as little as $15 per hour.