HCA Healthcare Foundation - February 01, 2015
by Leah Lomotey-Nakon

Take a look at the progress on the Hillwood Health Sciences Labs! The HCA Foundation granted $100,000 to renovate the health scienceslabs at Hillwood High School. These labs will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in environments that they will experience in the healthcare professions.

Metro Nashville Public Schools has led the reconstruction of the labs - including knocking down walls and installing a real-life ambulance box in the labs! The HCA Foundation is working in partnership with Hillwood High School and Alignment Nashville to purchase modern equipment in order to provide Hillwood students with the opportunity to learn and practice their technical skills. In addition to the $100,000 grant committed by The HCA Foundation, local HCA TriStar facilities have donated more than $30,000 in equipment to furnish the labs.

HCA has been a business partner of the Hillwood High School Academy of Health Science for several years. As a business partner, HCA has the opportunity to provide volunteers as representatives at career fairs, subject matter experts as guest speakers in classrooms, and judges to evaluate student projects. Through a partnership with Centennial Medical Center, Hillwood students also have the opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge through internships at the hospital. Additional HCA TriStar facilities have provided Hillwood students with the opportunity to see real world environments, meet healthcare professionals, and even participate in emergency drills. The renovations of the labs is the next step in providing students with the opportunity to learn about healthcare and apply their skills every school day.

HCA and other HCA business units have partnered with high schools as Academies of Nashville business partners throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools. You can learn more about our support for the Academies of Nashville here.