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ALIWORLD 2019

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27 A laddin Temp-Rite ® customer TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., has a long and storied history, with roots that go back to the very beginnings of HCA Healthcare. In 1961, Park View Hospital opened next to Centennial Park in Nashville. HCA Healthcare was founded seven years later in an unas- suming blue-and-white house near the hospital. Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., a Park View physician, got the con- cept for the company from his son, Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., whose college roommate was the son of the founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Seeing some similarities between the hospitality and healthcare industries, the Frists joined with local business- man Jack Massey to form HCA. Its mission was, and still is, to improve lives by improving patient care, with a patient-focused vision. In 1968, the physician-owners of Park View traded their interest in the hospital for HCA stock, making it the first HCA Healthcare hospital. That same year, Aladdin began its 50-year partnership with HCA Healthcare when Park View became the first hospital in Nashville to purchase Aladdin products. It's a partnership that continues to this day. By the late 1970s, HCA operated more than 120 facilities in 25 states and four foreign countries. Aladdin was there, too, offering meal-delivery solutions to enable HCA hospitals to keep hot food hot and cold food cold, from the kitchen to the patient bedside. In 1981, HCA purchased Hospital Affiliates International, growing the company to nearly 350 hospitals. More than 100 of those hospitals, however, would be spun off in 1987 to form HealthTrust. Further strategic downsiz- ings took HCA to its current size of 179 hospitals, making it the largest hospital operator in the United States today. Park View Hospital merged with West Side and Parthenon Pavilion hospitals in 1990. The combined hospital was renamed Centennial Medical Center and in 2012, it was rebranded with its current name. Today, the 733-bed TriStar Centennial Medical Center is considered the flagship of HCA Healthcare's operations. Spanning 47 acres, it has more than 3,200 employ- ees and a staff of 1,200 physicians. It offers a wide range of services, including an extensive cardiac ser- vices program, pediatric services and women's services. TriStar Centennial has won numerous awards, includ- ing The Joint Commission's pres- tigious Gold Seal of Approval, and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award. Since the beginning of their relationship in 1968, Aladdin has suppo rted HCA and the entire healthcare industry by continuing to create new products based on customer input and feedback, such as the industry's first induction heat- ing activators — Heat On Demand ® , introduced in 1995. This enables HCA Healthcare to improve its food quality by delivering temperature- appropriate meals to patients. "Throughout the past 50 years, we've been a proud partner of HCA — witnessing first-hand their growth and development," said Nathan Jackson, President of Aladdin Temp- Rite. "Their unwavering commit- ment to continuous improvement of the patient's healthcare experience has served as a guiding example for Aladdin in our focus on the pursuit of patient care and comfort. We're proud of our jointly held 50 years of health- care heritage based here in Nashville." HCA AND ALADDIN: SUCCESSFUL PARTNERS HCA hospitals have been enthusiastic users of many Aladdin products over the years. Here are just some of the Aladdin products HCA foodservice operations use to serve patients and staff: • Heat On Demand ® • Heat On Demand Advantage ® • Insulated mugs and bowls • Clear tumblers and bowls • Presentation ® china • MD Premium meal delivery carts • Convected-air dish heaters • Air curtain refrigerators • Hot food counters

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