Best Places spotlight: At HCA, IT employees have a chance to make an impact

Tech pros are inspired by using technology to help patients.

At HCA, a Nashville-based healthcare company, the IT department's rallying cry is "Healthcare Inspired." It's a reminder to staffers that the systems they work on are "making a difference in people's lives," says Marty Paslick, senior vice president and CIO.

Tori Samples, a data architect in enterprise product development, joined HCA's IT group after graduating from college in July 2012. She chose the company because she wanted a job in healthcare and she wanted to feel that her work matters -- and she found that at HCA.

HCA strives to build an outstanding work environment on multiple levels, says Paslick. For example, the company schedules time for IT workers to work with community and nonprofit organizations, provides training and has multiple advancement opportunities.

Benefits like an on-site gym, complimentary daily fitness classes and flexible hours help create a great work experience for HCA employees, but so do supportive managers and the collaborative culture, according to Samples. "Everyone wants to be here," she says. "And everyone believes in the value of their work."

Staffers Patty Brown, Sue Cartier and Heather Johnson pose at the photo booth set up for the annual All Hands meeting for HCA's IT&S department. (Credit: David Bean)

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