The Medical Center Honores Employees During Hospital Week

The Medical Center is celebrating and honoring employees during National Hospital Week May 12-18, 2024. The Medical Center is more than a place to heal, it is part of the community that fosters health and represents hope to many. The Medical Center, along with more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide, join together this week to share a common health care mission and praise those individuals who give of themselves every day to improve the lives of others. National Hospital Week is sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Their theme for 2024 is “We Are Health Care…Caring for Patients, Strengthening the Community.”

According to the American Hospital Association, 32 million people a year are admitted into hospitals, 3.5 million babies are born, 137 million are provided emergency care, and over 6.3 million people are employed. Hospitals operate 365 days a year to provide healthcare services to communities, which includes The Medical Center here in Washington County.

“National Hospital Week is a time for our staff to be publicly thanked and recognized for the incredible job they perform 365 days a year. This year, we have a full week of activities to honor them while having some enjoyment and fellowship. The last few years have shown the nation how truly vital healthcare workers are to the health and well-being of everyone,” said Iris Stacker, Chief Executive Officer.

National Hospital Day was created in 1921 to encourage trust in hospitals in the wake of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. It was later turned into a weeklong celebration in 1953, coinciding with Florence Nightingale’s birthday to honor her role in revolutionizing hospital care in the mid-1800's.

“We should all be thankful for healthcare workers every day so during National Hospital Week, we can pause to remember the care they provide daily and give our thanks. Our staff has risen to the challenge and continue to deliver vital support to their patients, families, physicians, and each other,” said Chrissy Nicholson, Chief Human Resources Officer.