National Hospital Week puts Spotlight on People


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 2017 National Hospital Week theme “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.”

The event theme, announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 7–13 celebration.

 “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,” Mike Harbor, Chief Financial Officer at Nevada Regional Medical Center, said.

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.

The NRMC PRIDE team coordinates activities for employees to attend throughout the week including a proclamation, games and a picnic. Mayor Pro tem Ryan Watts presented the National Hospital Week proclamation at the hospital on Monday. Monday also kicked off a “Minute To Win It” tournament among employees that will last through Thursday. Wednesday includes a picnic, volunteer recognition Afternoon Tea and “Blessing of the Hands” services. Friday will conclude the events with a Jeans Day and the annual NRMC Foundation Golf Tournament fundraiser.

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