Author: Meredith Kenyon
Vice President of Workforce and Education
National Hospital Week, celebrated May 7-13, 2017, is the nation’s largest health care event. This year’s theme is “Health Care from the Heart,” which is fitting based on the huge hearts of Missouri hospital staff who deliver hope, humanity, honesty, heroism and more to patients daily.
In the words of Herbert Hoover, “The American hospital, whether it be the great urban institution or its humble rural prototype, is constantly making large contributions to that most valuable of all conservations, the saving of human life. Moreover, it is continually accelerating our progress in the field of preventive medicine through medical research; it is giving us ever-advancing ideals in humanitarian effort; and it provides us with an institution through which the spirit of community service finds one of its most inspiring expressions.” It is in a hospital where we see lives saved and changed. We see the purpose of human life, serving others, in action. It is here where we feel confident that we can receive quality, compassionate care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
One of my favorite proverbs states, “He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.” Take time this week to celebrate hospitals and the health and hope they provide. Make it a priority to thank all of the dedicated individuals — physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more — working within Missouri hospitals who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.
This week, we ask you to join in celebrating the great work that goes on every day in Missouri’s hospitals. Visit the American Hospital Association’s website to order gifts and awards, as well as promotional tools and templates for press releases and social media posts.