National Hospital Week 2009

Prattville Baptist Hospital - Photo by Marc Parker
Prattville Baptist Hospital - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – National Hospital Week 2009, celebrated the week of May 10-16, is the nation’s largest annual health care event.This year’s theme is “A Healthy Commitment in Changing Times,” a phrase organizers believe provides a positive view of the future.

A spokesperson for Prattville Baptist Hospital said that National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week actually crossed each other this year. Nurses Week began on May 6 and ends on May 12. “We had several activities last week starting on Wednesday. Then, starting today we kicked off with an employee health fair from 7:00 until noon that gave employees an opportunity to have free blood pressure checks, free glucose screenings, and free cholesterol screenings. We have a full schedule of activities to honor the employees for the work that they do and what it stands for.”

Mayor Jim Byard presented the proclamation in honor of Nurses Week and in honor of Hospital Week this afternoon during a reception in the dining room of the facility. An employee award ceremony was held and awards were given to nurse of the year, nursing service person of the year, and employee of the year.

Other special activities this week include employee cookouts, an ice cream day, an educational program, and uniform sales.

National Hospital Day was originally conceived by a Chicago magazine editor as a public health care event that encouraged trust in the city’s hospitals in the wake of the “Spanish flu” outbreak of 1918, which killed more than 600,000 Americans.

The first National Hospital Day was held on Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12, 1921, and over the decades has helped revolutionize the public view of hospitals. It also offers an opportunity to recognize the contributions hospital staff and volunteers make to the community. The health care industry employs more than 14 million workers throughout the United States.

Article by Melissa Parker

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