National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on People

Corydon, May 1, 2012:  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 the 2012 National Hospital Week theme “Making Miracles Happen” conveys.  This theme unites health care facilities across the country during the May 6-12 celebration.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Daren Relph, CEO of Wayne County Hospital, said. “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.”

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 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.

A full slate of activities is planned for WCH this year including: a kick-off breakfast with waffles and fruit, tea time chocolate lovers feast potluck, wear your Hospital Week T-Shirt & jeans daytailgate BBQ with the Senior Leadership Team grilling, DAISY Awards presentation, build your own ice cream sundae closing with the special retirement reception for Ernie Brees, P.A.-C.

WCH is a special place with extraordinary individuals who care about our community and being able to share what they love doing. Thank you to each of these special people for dedicating their lives to caring for others.