- The Frist family of Tennessee are the founders and biggest shareholders of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital conglomerate in the U.S. Thomas F. Frist Jr. and his family have seen their personal wealth increase of $8.1 billion or 108 percent since March 2020, according to an analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies.
- In addition to inadequate staffing levels and insufficient supplies for PPE, poor wages have been the focus of HCA critics for some time. But the issue worsened during the pandemic as frontline health care workers were forced to take much greater risks.
- Meanwhile, HCA continued to push back on worker demands. For example, it successfully delayed the vote to unionize 1,800 nurses at its Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina for six months, claiming that delay was necessary during a pandemic.
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