Orlando, FL – Nashville-based hospital giant HCA, parent company for three Central Florida hospitals: Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee and Poinciana Medical Center, in Poinciana, announced today it is making a large donation toward the ongoing fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
HCA Holdings Inc. has made a $1 million donation to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s CDC Foundation.
“The U.S. and other nations around the world are surging our response to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in an effort to save thousands of lives from this terrible disease,” said CDC Director Dr.Tom Frieden said in a news release. “It’s still possible to reverse this epidemic and this contribution from HCA, and hopefully others like it, will help scale and speed up our response.”
Said HCA CEO Milton Johnson: “Ebola continues to spread rapidly in West Africa, and CDC and others have made it clear that the window of opportunity to contain the virus is closing quickly. The time to act is now, and we strongly encourage other companies, particularly those in the healthcare industry, to join us in this important effort to save lives.”
The number of patients infected with Ebola in West Africa doubles every three weeks, with more than 5,800 cases, based on the latest estimates. More than 2,800 have been killed by Ebola in the current outbreak.