National Hospital Week Celebrates the Individuals Inside
National Hospital Week is May 7–13 this year, and we would like to kick off this year’s celebration by saying thank you to all of the individuals who make the Bon Secours Health System something to celebrate.
Every year, the American Hospital Association designates seven days out of the hectic 365 to honor, thank, recognize, and celebrate the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities. These individuals deliver compassionate care to perfect strangers, every day, and are happy to do so.
The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921. It was created by a magazine editor who hoped a communitywide 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.
It is no coincidence that National Hospital Week falls on the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Born in 1820, Nightingale is recognized throughout the world as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale’s dedication to treating the sick and wounded during the Crimean War continues to stand as a hallmark of compassionate nursing care. Following the war, Nightingale founded a nursing school and is now celebrated worldwide for her service to community health.
Bon Secours’ founding during the same period took a similar path and focus. The Sisters of Bon Secours began their work caring for those devastated by conflict. In response to the needs of those who were sick and dying in Paris following the devastation of the French Revolution, a group of 12 women came together to form the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for “good help.” Through their care, they believed they were bringing God’s healing, compassion, and liberation to those in need by helping to alleviate their suffering and delivering hope and assurance.
Today, the Bon Secours Health System employs more than 25,000 and serves thousands through its facilities, including 19 acute care, five long-term care, four assisted living, six retirement communities/senior housing, 14 home care and hospice services, and more, primarily along the East Coast.
The 2017 National Hospital Week theme is “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.” 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, optimistic community. During National Hospital Week, health care organizations around the country are taking the opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals — physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators, and so many more — for their contributions to the delivery of good help.
Bon Secours Health System is proud to join hospitals from around the nation in celebration of the good work performed every day by the individuals who make up our health system. We believe in the work they do, and they are another reason the communities we serve believe in Bon Secours.