05/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/09/2021 14:20
National Hospital Week is an annual opportunity to thank and celebrate healthcare workers. For many, the last year has highlighted the critical importance of our healthcare workers. At Adventist Health, our employees live out this year's National Hospital Week theme every day: Inspiring hope through healing. During National Hospital Week, May 9-15, consider how you can show your support for our healthcare heroes.
How did Hospital Week start?
This year, Hospital Week takes place at a time when our country and world is beginning to emerge from a pandemic. It may be interesting to know that Hospital Week itself has its roots in a pandemic! The first National Hospital Day was established in 1921 as a way to encourage community members to support hospitals after the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918.
In 1953, National Hospital Day was turned into National Hospital Week. The timing of Hospital Week coincides with Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale, often recognized as the mother of modern nursing, opened the first secular nursing school in the world in 1860. In 1990, we celebrated the first National Nurses Week, May 6-12, to overlap with Hospital Week.
Thanking your healthcare heroes
During National Nurses Week and Hospital Week, find creative ways to thank the healthcare workers in your life. If you have had a nurse, doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or any other healthcare provider who has made a difference in your life, take the time to let them know. You may also:
Keep your community safe
In 2021, one of the best ways we can show our support for healthcare workers is by keeping our communities safe. Get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it's available to you. Continue wearing a mask and social distancing, especially if you have not gotten the vaccine yet. Helping our communities stay healthy is one of the most impactful ways we can thank our healthcare heroes.