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NMAAM Receives Major Donation From HCA Healthcare

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In total, the health care organization has donated $1,650,000 in support of the museum

Earlier today, HCA Healthcare announced a $650,000 donation to the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in addition to the $1 million previously committed by the HCA Healthcare Foundation.

HCA Healthcare’s gift will help NMAAM tell the story of America’s soundtrack in its One Nation Under a Groove gallery, which will officially be identified as the "One Nation Under a Groove Gallery Sponsored by HCA Healthcare."

"We are thrilled to be a part of welcoming this important cultural institution and helping NMAAM open to the world," said Sherri Neal, chief diversity officer, HCA Healthcare. "It is important to reflect on and celebrate the impact African Americans continue to have in shaping the culture of America, especially through music, and we are proud to help tell that story."

"HCA Healthcare has been a supporter of the museum for nearly a decade, and that support has allowed the museum to put on myriad programming ahead of our opening to the public," said H. Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of NMAAM. "The museum will expand the Music City brand for Nashville, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of local partners like HCA Healthcare."

Those wishing to visit the museum should visit its website,, to stay updated on when tickets will become available.

About the National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in early 2021, will be the only museum dedicated solely to educating, preserving and celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., as a part of the Fifth + Broadway development, the museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the present. For more information, please visit

About HCA Healthcare

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of health care services, comprising more than 2,000 sites of care including 186 hospitals, surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics in 21 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives.

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Ian Dinkins
MP&F Strategic Communications