National Hospital Week is May 10-16
National Hospital Week, May 10-16, is the annual time to say Thank You to the staff and providers who have chosen a career of service through health care.
Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Over the past few months, the concepts of teamwork, collaboration and dedication have taken on new meanings as our staff and providers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is entirely appropriate and fitting that National Hospital Week falls during this time. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and WMC leadership, I thank each and every member of our WMC team for their service to our patients, our communities and each other.”
Winneshiek Medical Center typically celebrates National Hospital Week with internal events and activities, which have been postponed to a later date.
Radtke adds, “Although we cannot celebrate as we would like right now, our circumstances do not lesson our gratitude to those on the front lines and in support roles. I ask the community to join me in thanking health care workers for their role in our health and safety during the pandemic, and in ‘normal’ times. Please reach out to family and friends in health care and offer them your appreciation during National Hospital Week.”
National Hospital Week is the nation’s largest health care event. It celebrates the history, technology and the dedicated professionals of the health care profession. National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested that a day of community celebration might calm public fears about hospitals and build public trust. First held in Chicago on May 12, 1921, the event soon spread to other communities. It was expanded to National Hospital Week in 1953.