Matt Wolthoff Chief Operating Officer and Ethics & Compliance Officer

HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 179 hospitals, 120 freestanding surgery centers and numerous other healthcare facilities, has been named for the ninth consecutive year as one of the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.

HCA is one of only eight healthcare providers honored on this year’s list. HCA is the parent company of both Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen and Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville who were the only two healthcare institutions in the Rio Grande Valley recognized by the Ethisphere Institute.  The Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

“To receive this international recognition nine years in a row is a tremendous tribute to the culture created by staff, physicians, and management in HCA affiliated facilities like Rio Grande Regional Hospital,” said Matt Wolthoff, Chief Operating Officer & Ethics and Compliance Officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital.  “This acknowledgement exemplifies the dedication and commitment of everyone in our organization to uphold our values in pursuit of our mission; above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

Throughout HCA’s 50-year history, and recently in the face of historic disasters, HCA has served its patients, partners and communities with dignity and respect. During hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, HCA caregivers treated approximately 12,000 patients and HCA donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to support communities in need.   In addition, the HCA Hope Fund, the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization, gave grants of $3.4 million to help thousands of affected employees and HCA colleagues donated nearly 9,000 hours of paid time off to support coworkers who needed time away from work to rebuild their lives. 

HCA also provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of $2.8 billion in 2016 (the most recent data available). HCA’s culture of inclusion continues to support the delivery of culturally competent care, with affiliates using more than 160 languages and dialects to communicate with their diverse patient populations. With approximately five percent of all hospital services in the U.S. occurring at an HCA facility, the company uses data from its more than 28 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

In 2018, 135 honorees were recognized, spanning 23 countries and 57 industries. The full list of the honorees can be found on the World's Most Ethical Companies website.


Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital is a 320-bed, full service acute care medical facility serving the Rio Grande Valley.  With over 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, Rio Grande Regional Hospital along with the Children’s Medical Center at Rio Grande Regional Hospital offer an array of comprehensive services including: Full Surgical and Diagnostic Capabilities; Intensive Care for Adults and Pediatric; Cardiac Care; Chest Pain Center Accreditation; Surgical Services; Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics; Comprehensive Accredited Center in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program; Rio Grande Surgery Center; Radiology; Women’s Services; Neonatal Care; Four Off-Site Women’s Clinics; Diabetes Management Center; Three Off-Site Satellite Laboratories; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy; Advanced Level III Trauma Services; Two Off-Site Emergency Departments, and a Helicopter Landing Area to help expedite emergency care.

All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this document refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.