Weeks dedicated to giving hospitals, nurses their due

To the editor:

Two national observances are being held in May to recognize the important contributions of healthcare professionals to the health and well-being of patients-National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12), and National Hospital Week (May 11-17).

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually in honor of Florence Nightengale, founder of nursing as a modern profession, and the millions of people who have followed in her footsteps. In 1982, President Ronald Regan signed a proclamation designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” This celebration was expanded to a full week by the American Nurses Association in 1993.

Today’s nurses aren’t just caring for the sick – they’re publishing scientific research, developing mobile medical applications and actively addressing health care policy. And they’re working in harmony with physicians, other medical providers and administrators to change modern medicine and health care delivery.

National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication.

Now more than ever, hospitals and their employees play a vital role in improving community health across the nation – this extends far beyond strictly providing medical care. It’s being a vibrant part of the communities where our employees live, work and play. And people in central and northeast Pennsylvania can enjoy the advantage of having Geisinger in their community, where more than 20,000 extraordinary health care workers deliver healing treatment and provide a positive patient experience around the clock.

As we celebrate National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, Geisinger salutes all our employees for their talents, professional accomplishments and dedication to your health and peace of mind. Please take time in the next few weeks to thank our Geisinger employees for their wonderful work.

Kay Hamilton, RN, MS

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Hegstrom, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital