April 03, 2020
Fort Walton Beach, FL | Niceville, FL — As a part of HCA Healthcare, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital announced new policies designed to protect staff financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an email to all 270,000 colleagues, HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen announced a new “pandemic pay continuation” policy to help protect their financial security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As our CEO Sam said, the COVID-19 pandemic is unique, and our colleagues’ concerns are real. We want them to know that we will care like family, and stand with them,” said Dave Whalen, CEO at Twin Cities Hospital.
Like other health systems across the country, HCA Healthcare has experienced a decrease in surgery and outpatient volume because of the pandemic, leading to a reduction of hours for many colleagues. For colleagues with reduced hours, the company will seek to redeploy them to other opportunities so they can continue working. Those who cannot be redeployed will continue to receive 70 percent of base pay for up to seven weeks, until HCA Healthcare better understands the long-term implications of this pandemic on the organization.
HCA Healthcare also announced plans to cover some services for COVID-19 patient caregivers. Scrub laundering will be provided to prevent carrying the virus home on clothing. Additionally, HCA Healthcare is working to secure hotel rooms for COVID-19 caregivers for those who do not feel comfortable going home and potentially exposing their families.
“If we are to emerge stronger, more resilient and more capable to meet our community’s healthcare challenges, we recognize that it cannot happen without supporting all of our colleagues in these trying times”, stated Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.