Mr. Samuel N. Hazen, also known as Sam, serves as Chief Executive Officer of HCA Healthcare Inc. since January 01, 2019 and has been its Director since September 10, 2018. Mr. Hazen served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at HCA Healthcare Inc. (formerly known as HCA Holdings, Inc.) since November 16, 2016. Mr. Hazen has been the President of Operations at HCA Inc. since February 9, 2011. Mr. Hazen serves as the President of Samaritan LLC, General Partner
HCA Healthcare is an American for-profit operator of health care facilities that was founded in 1968. It is based in Nashville, Tennesseeand in 2018 it managed 178 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics in the United States and United Kingdom. HCA went public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1969 followed by a substantial growth period for the next two decades. The company was ranked No. 63 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
In 1993, lawsuits were filed against HCA by former employees who drew attention to the company's questionable billing practices to Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of the allegations included charging the government costs for running its hospitals, paying kickbacks to physicians for referrals, and unlawfully charging for costs involving wound care facilities. A federal probe ensued, spanning nearly a decade, and culminated in 2003 with "the government receiving a total of over $2 billion in criminal fines and civil penalties for systematically defrauding federal health care programs." The federal probe has been referred to as the longest and costliest investigation for health-care fraud in U.S. history.