On Wednesday I posted information about Nurses Week. May 6-12 also marks Hospital Week and this year’s theme is “Making Miracles Happen”.
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 2012 National Hospital Week theme “Making Miracles Happen.”
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 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.
Miracles happen in hospitals every day and as we celebrated hospital week this past week let me share what happened in hospitals across the country this past week.
This past week:
Hospitals provided emergency care to 2.4 million Americans
Hospitals delivered 73,400 babies
Hospitals performed 525,000 surgeries
Hospitals were the health care safety net for 50 million uninsured
Hospitals cared for 676,000 Americans admitted to hospitals
This past week was hospital week and it was just another average week for hospitals across the country…hospitals make miracles happen every week!