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HCA pledges up to $1M in Nepal earthquake aid

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Hospital Corporation of America is reaching out to Nepal earthquake victims with pledges of up to $1 million in aid through a trio of international disaster relief organizations.

The Nashville-based healthcare giant will give $250,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $250,000 to MedShare International, a nonprofit that provides surplus supplies and equipment to underserved populations.

HCA officials also pledged to match donations of up to $500,000 from HCA employees and vendors to the American Red Cross for supporting Nepal earthquake relief.

“Our people have dedicated their professional lives to caring for others, and we have a long history of supporting humanitarian efforts,” said HCA Chair Milton Johnson. “We believe our employees and vendors will be eager to support the critical and significant relief efforts that are just underway.”

Since 2010, HCA and its philanthropic foundation gave nearly $95 million in charitable donations. The organization has become a major supporter of disaster relief efforts, including the West Africa Ebola crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Haitian earthquake, Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Founded in 1968, HCA has become one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, employing approximately 225,000 people in 168 hospitals and 113 surgery centers in 20 states and London, England. HCA-affiliated hospitals serve nearly 20 million patients annually.

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