National Hospital Week: Health Care from the Heart
May 18, 2016
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 2016 National Hospital Week theme, “Health Care from the Heart.”
National Hospital Week, celebrated May 8-14, 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.
HRMC celebrated National Hospital Week and Nurses’ Day by honoring the men and women of Huron Regional Medical Center who are at the heart of the care we provide.
“Our people make everything we do for our community possible. Sure, a hospital has to have equipment and buildings, but without people care would beimpossible,” said Dr. Karl Blessinger, a pathologist and board chairman for Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC). “Our employees bring their best to HRMC, serving from the heart and giving of themselves.
HRMC celebrated hospital and nurses’ week with a focus on people by hosting a picnic and breakfast served by leaders in the organization. The hospital also celebrated nursing staff with a special evening of awards, ceramics and fun at Top Floor events. Huron Mayor Paul Aylward recognized both Nurses’ Day and Hospital Week with official proclamations.
We asked employees to share with the community we serve what is at the heart of why they come to work each day. Here’s what some of our 300-plus employees had to say.
- “My desire to teach my children that with hard work, anything is possible is at the heart of why I come to work each day.” – Amy Camin, Health Information Management, 1.5 years
- “I have made a commitment to HRMC to complete my duties to the best of my ability, and in doing so I enjoy finding a better, faster, more efficient way to do my job, and improving teamwork within my department and throughout all of HRMC.” – Jean Wharton, Business Office, 17 years
- “Helping others and knowing that I'm doing something with my life motivates me.” – Lori Halter, Food Service, 1 year
- “I enjoy being able to fix equipment that isn't working before you get there and having it fixed when you leave. HRMC has been my ‘second home’ for nearly 40 years.” – Mark Moilan, Maintenance, 39 years
“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.”
For more information on HRMC and to read more answers from employees about what is at the heart of why they deliver healthcare, visit HRMC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuronRegionalMedicalCenter or the hospital website at www.huronregional.org.
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