HCA Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Hillwood High School Executive Principal Dr. Steve Chauncy are proud to announce a very generous gift of $100,000 to the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences from the HCA Foundation, made on behalf of the HCA/TriStar Family of Hospitals. The gift will provide funding for the design and construction of two state-of-the-art laboratories for the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences. “We’re so excited and grateful for this generous donation,” said Dr. Chauncy. “What this means for our students can’t be overstated. They will have the chance to learn skills they might not have seen until college, if at all. They are getting real, professional hands-on learning in a career field that is exploding.”

Though housed at Hillwood, these labs will serve all Health Science students in Metro high schools. They will give students the opportunity to simulate and practice a variety of real-world medical procedures and activities such as drawing blood, starting an IV, processing patients, and labor and delivery support.  Skill- based learning activities help to prepare students for future careers in medical and surgical nursing, emergency medicine, physical therapy, rehabilitation and sports medicine and many more health related professions.

“It is our privilege to strengthen our partnership with Hillwood and the Health Science Academy Business Partners and encourage students to consider healthcare careers,” said Joanne Pulles, President of The HCA Foundation and member of the Academy Advisory Board.  “Healthcare increasingly offers many dynamic career opportunities, and this is a chance for motivated students, who may be interested in pursuing healthcare in college or as a career, to get practical experience while they’re still in high school.“

As the philanthropic arm of HCA, the mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well-being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. The HCA Foundation has contributed more than $20 million in grants to over 150 organizations and agencies in Middle Tennessee since 2009.  HCA has been an Academy Business Partner since 2009 providing student field trips, job shadowing, internships and teacher externships in support of the mission of the HIllwood Health Science Academy.

Students at the Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences get hands-on experience in health and medical professions, and can even graduate with professional certifications like Emergency Medical Responder and Certified Nursing Assistant. Thanks to this substantial gift from the HCA Foundation, students at Hillwood and across Metro Schools will have even greater opportunities to prepare for college and career in health-related fields.