HCA is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, composed of locally managed facilities that include approximately 200 office buildings totaling 12 million square feet of space, and 170 healthcare buildings totaling 67 million square feet of space. The company reports $1 billion in capital devoted toward facilities in 2004. At its founding in 1968, the Nashville-based organization was one of the nation’s first hospital companies, and now has centers in 23 states, England, and Switzerland. From 1996 to present, HCA has directed much of its growth through the creation of new facilities, completing 18 hospitals/centers with a total in-patient bed count of 1,960. Presently in design are Johns Creek Medical Center, Atlanta, with 110 beds; and Independence Medical Center, Independence, MO, with 220 beds.
[Editors’ Note: With a commitment to the care and improvement of human life by striving to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare in the communities it serves, Nashville-headquartered HCA is planning to invest more than $1 billion per year to keep its new and existing hospitals modern and up-to-date technologically. Tasked with delivering this commitment is a centralized Design, Construction, Equipment, Corporate Facility Management, Engineering, ADA, and Bulk Purchasing “core” of professionals that employ industry-leading measures to enhance the performance of the company’s facilities. This cross-pollination of knowledge, experience, and idea competencies ensures that clarity of objectives, talent, and diligence result in long-term, high-performing facilities. Design standards, facility information, and project data have been rolled out onto the HCA website to help the company’s design and construction partners, as well as its Directors of Plant Operations at HCA-owned hospital centers. Additionally, HCA’s Design and Construction Department has established an industry-first Diversity Business Inclusion (DBI) program to enhance the participation of minority, women, and diversity business enterprise firms in the contracting and purchasing processes.]