HCA partners on virtual mental health course for schools

Also: Centennial unit getting $4.3M renovation

authors Kara Hartnett

HCA Healthcare is partnering with virtual education company Everfi to launch a mental health and wellness course for students in grades eight through 10 across the country. 

The Nashville-based health giant has committed $1 million over the next three years to support the course. According to a press release, about 100 school districts representing more than 12,000 middle and high school students in Southeast Florida, Western North Carolina, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas will have access to the course.

“Mental wellness is critical for all of us — especially during this challenging time of change and social isolation,” Eric Paul, HCA’s president of behavioral health services, said in the release. “We are looking forward to supporting young people with the addition of our collaboration with Everfi. We will provide educators and youth with additional mental health resources in an easy to access format.”

Everfi’s platform reached more than 41 million people across the globe in 2019. The company has recently announced a separate partnership with Walmart to tackle mental health and substance use disorder and committed $100 million to expand social justice and economic inequality education programs.

Centennial to receive $4.3M renovation

TriStar Centennial Medical Center is planning a $4.3 million renovation of its imaging center that will include newequipment. 

The remodel is the start of nearly $42 million in upgrades scheduled for Nashville-based HCA’s local flagship campus for 2021, according to the Nashville Business Journal. Those include renovations to the facility’s cafeteria, garden court, behavioral health floor, the women’s and children’s hospital, among several others. 

Utah-based Layton Construction Company is slated to complete the remodel. 

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