HRMC Celebrates National Hospital Week - Where Miracles Happen Every Day
May 10, 2015
HURON, S.D. – 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 2015 National Hospital Week theme, “Where Miracles Happen Every Day.”
National Hospital Week, celebrated May 10-16, is the nation’s largest healthcare event. The celebration 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. Originally celebrated on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of nurse Florence Nightingale, the recognition event was officially designated as a week-long celebration in 1953.
“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said Dr. Karl Blessinger, a pathologist and board chairman for Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC). “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.”
HRMC is celebrating hospital and nurses week with a focus on people by hosting all-employee meetings, as well as a picnic and breakfast served by leaders in the organization. The hospital also celebrated Nurses’ Day last week with a special evening of awards, painting and fun at Top Floor events. Huron Mayor Paul Aylward recognized both Nurses’ Day and Hospital Week with official proclamations.
As Huron’s fourth largest employer, HRMC employs approximately 325 employees in a range of positions from purchasing, food service and laundry to x-ray, surgery and laboratory. Without the dedication of these employees working 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, HRMC could not achieve its mission and vision of delivering quality healthcare to the region and exceeding customer expectations at every interaction.
“Most everyone knows someone who works at HRMC,” said Dr. Blessinger. “We’re your friends, your neighbors and maybe even your family members. We have a connection with the people we serve, and a passion to help our community.”
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