Hospital giant HCA Holdings plans to build a data center in Antioch that is expected to generate 155 jobs over the next five years.
HCA officials announced their plans for the $200 million facility in The Crossings area alongside Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. The company last summer bought 53 acres off Interstate 24 for $2.2 million. Its facility there will repace its West End center and join other hubs in Fort Worth, Orlando and Anchorage.
"We are pleased to make this additional investment in Middle Tennessee to support our mission," said Richard Bracken, chairman and CEO of HCA. "We appreciate that our state and local leadership have a strong commitment to maintaining a business climate that fosters growth and encourages investment. We look forward to our continued growth in Tennessee."
Founded in 1968, HCA now runs more than 160 hospitals and 111 surgery centers in 20 states and England. The company now employs about 199,000 people, including about 3,600 in its Information Technology & Services division. Of that latter number, about 1,400 people are based in Nashville. The company's data centers host the various applications used by the hospitals in their region and store and transmit clinical and business data for those hospitals. The Nashville center also monitors HCA hospitals' IT systems.
"HCA played a key role in establishing Middle Tennessee as the national healthcare hub it is today," Haslam said. "We appreciate the company's continued investment in our state and its commitment to being such a valuable community partner over the years."
The move will provide a boost to the Antioch area, where economic development issues in recent years have been framed through the cracked lens of the struggling Hickory Hollow Mall.
"I am grateful to HCA for its continued investment in Davidson County and for all it does as an engaged corporate leader in our community," Dean said. "The construction of a new data center here is yet another vote of confidence in our city’s vitality, and I am pleased to see it will be located in Southeast Davidson County."