Johnson & Johnson And Hospital Giant HCA To Tackle Health Equity

HCA Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson said they will collaborate “on improving health equity, … [+] enhancing nursing support, and improving patient outcomes,” the companies announced Aug. 9, 2022. ”In this photo is headquarters of Hospital Corporation of America, one of the nation’s largest hospital operators, is seen October 14, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)

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HCA Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson Tuesday said they will collaborate “on improving health equity, enhancing nursing support, and improving patient outcomes.”

The partnership between a major hospital operator and maker of medical products comes as the industry looks to address health equity through a variety of forms and models. Initially, the partnership’s efforts will work on various programs to educate nurses by incorporating Johnson & Johnson’s nursing resources within HCA Healthcare and its affiliate Galen College of Nursing.

“HCA Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson have had a long and productive relationship, and both companies have worked very hard to address many of our country’s healthcare challenges,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, which owns more than 180 hospitals and 2,300 ambulatory care sites in 20 states and employs more than 90,000 nurses. “We believe strongly in the power of strategic partnerships, and we are excited to collaborate to advance health equity, enhance patient care and provide even greater support to our nurses.”

The partnership will also look to improve cardiovascular care and “collaborate on a scalable program to improve health outcomes through early-stage lung cancer detection for the Black community.” Johnson & Johnson, which makes an array of drugs, medical devices and other health products, will be able to access HCA data from more than 35 million annual patient encounters.

“No one company can solve society’s most pressing health challenges alone — it takes collaboration,” said Joaquin Duato, chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson. “That’s why we’re working with HCA Healthcare to improve patient access and outcomes, address the nursing crisis, and advance health equity. We are united in our focus to improve patient care.”

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