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Hospital giant HCA planning for large numbers of COVID-19 patients through 2021

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville based hospital chain HCA Healthcare said this week it expects to still be treating large numbers of COVID-19 patients this time next year.

HCA operates some 186 hospitals nationwide, including TriStar medical centers here in Middle Tennessee. It’s one of the largest hospital chains in the country.

During a conference call with industry insiders Monday, company CEO Sam Hazen said the pandemic has caused a drop in patient visits and revenue, including a 20 percent loss in ER charges.

However, Hazen also noted the loss has been more than offset by the surge HCA has seen in COVID-19 patients.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quotes Hazen saying the company expects to continue treating significant numbers of coronavirus cases even after a vaccine becomes available.

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