HCA Gulf Coast
September 26, 2022

Troy Villarreal, HCA Houston Healthcare president and Lisa Woods, vice president and ethics and compliance officer at HCA Houston Healthcare pose with the Ethisphere trophy. The hospital system is a 12-time recipient of this award.

Ethisphere recognition honors companies demonstrating exceptional leadership and a commitment to integrity through best-in-class ethics, compliance and governance practices

Houston, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announced that it has been recognized for the 12th time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies. HCA Healthcare is one of only seven honorees in the Healthcare Providers category this year.

“HCA Houston Healthcare is extremely proud to be part of HCA Healthcare. We pride ourselves on doing what’s right for our patients, colleagues, medical staff and the communities we serve,” said Troy Villarreal, president of HCA Houston Healthcare. “This award reflects our intentional work to ensure our colleagues follow our ethics and compliance standards, and to foster a culture that encourages putting patients first in everything we do.”

HCA Healthcare has cared for more COVID-19 inpatients than any other health system in the country, and continues to use its knowledge to advance patient care. In January 2021,
HCA Healthcare announced that it would use its vast data on COVID-19 hospital care to form a consortium of prominent public and private research institutions to improve patient outcomes and public knowledge. In addition, HCA Healthcare has conducted various COVID-19 related research projects and worked to spearhead COVID-19 literature to accelerate the understanding and treatment of the coronavirus.

Last year marked the launch of two HCA Healthcare initiatives designed to help address important issues in communities around the country. In May 2021, the HCA Healthcare Foundation expanded its presence with the launch of its Healthier Tomorrow Fund, an $80 million community impact fund established to support initiatives focused on high-priority community needs and health equity in 25 communities where HCA Healthcare has a presence.

Additionally, in May 2021, HCA Healthcare announced a $10 million commitment over three years to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in communities where HCA Healthcare has a presence. In December, HCA Healthcare donated $1.5 million to Florida A&M University’s School of Allied Health Sciences. The partnerships are intended to strengthen student pathways from undergraduate to graduate to management careers in healthcare, while also advancing diversity in healthcare and supporting the next generation of healthcare leaders.

HCA Healthcare is committed to providing equitable access to high-quality care for its patients and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace for its colleagues. In 2021, the organization formed the HCA Healthcare Health Equity Council to analyze data related to patient outcomes, explore opportunities to address disparities and pursue partnerships with outside organizations.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare is accelerating its environmental stewardship efforts to create a better future for everyone. The organization and its facilities are members of Practice Greenhealth, which provides sustainable healthcare solutions. Since 2002, HCA Healthcare has received 178 Practice Greenhealth awards.

HCA Houston Healthcare has a long history of investing in the Greater Houston community. In 2021, HCA Houston Healthcare donated $2.7 million to community organizations and provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of over $437 million. Last year, HCA Houston Healthcare colleagues spent more than 4,500 hours volunteering in the communities they serve. In 2021, HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation donated more than $41 million to community organizations, and HCA Healthcare provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at an estimated cost of $3.3 billion.

“Today, business leaders face their greatest mandate yet to be ethical, accountable and trusted to drive positive change,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “We continue to be inspired by the World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees and their dedication to integrity, sustainability, governance, and community. Congratulations to HCA Healthcare for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”

In 2022, Ethisphere recognized 135 honorees spanning 22 countries and 45 industries. The full list of the 2022 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found by clicking the previous link.