National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on People
Posted on 05/18/2010
A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2010 National Hospital Week theme “Health, Hope & Healing.” The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 9-15 celebration.
“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” stated Brian Burnside, Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center’s CEO. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities. During Hospital Week, we’ll be honoring all of our 700-plus employees who work so hard to give excellent care each and every day. Whether they provide direct patient care or work in a non-clinical position, all of our employees contribute to the health and well-being of our patients.”
The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.
Every year during hospital week, MMSC honors employees for their years of service.