Medicus Healthcare is pleased to recognize the contributions of our country’s hospitals and health systems as well as the dedicated individuals—from physicians and nurse practitioners to administrators and volunteers—who devote their lives to providing their communities with quality care and service.
“The American hospital, whether it be the great urban institution or its humble rural prototype, is constantly making large contributions to that most valuable of all conservations, the saving of human life,” said Herbert Hoover, when he served as our nation’s Secretary of Commerce. “Moreover, it is continually accelerating our progress in the field of preventive medicine through medical research; it is giving us ever advancing ideals in humanitarian effort; and it provides us with an institution through which the spirit of community service finds one of its most inspiring expressions.”
Hoover, who went on to become the 31st president of the United States, was advocating the celebration of National Hospital Day, encouraging members of the public to honor their area hospitals and hospital employees. Here, we share a little history on National Hospital Week as well as some information that could prove helpful to hospital leaders as they finalize plans and participate in this year’s festivities.
- National Hospital Day was first observed on May 12, 1921, which would have been Florence Nightingale’s 101st birthday. The publicity campaign was devised by the managing editor of a trade magazine, Hospital Management, to boost citizens’ confidence in hospitals following the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. The deadliest flu epidemic to date caused the deaths of approximately 20 to 30 million people worldwide, including some 675,000 Americans, according to the History Channel.
- In 1953, National Hospital Day expanded to National Hospital Week, presenting hospitals with more time to educate the public about medical care. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsors the week, inspiring a friendly reminder that hospitals are pillars in each of the communities that they serve.
- This year, National Hospital Week takes place May 12 – 19 and its theme is “celebrating hope and healing.”
- The AHA encourages social media promotion to raise awareness. The AHA is inviting hospital supporters to download the familiar “H” hospital logo from its National Hospital Week webpage and use it as their Facebook and Twitter profile images throughout the weeklong event. Hospitals can also support by joining the #MyHospital campaign and tweeting/retweeting key messages. In addition, the AHA encourages hospitals to include #HospitalWeek in tweets to ensure exchanges can be followed, and that others can retweet announcements and comments about this special week. The hashtag could be used on other social networking sites, too. (Further details can be found in the AHA’s 2019 National Hospital Week Digital Toolkit.)
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