National Hospital Week puts spotlight on people

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 2014 National Hospital Week theme, “Compassion Innovation Dedication: The Commitment Continues.”The event theme, announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 11-17, 2014 celebration. “National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Donna Boatright, Administrator of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.” Communities rely on hospital food service workers and physicians, therapists and nurses, administrators and volunteers and so many more every day. “National Hospital Week is our annual opportunity to thank these dedicated people for their compassionate care and to remind everyone of the critical role our hospital plays in our community.”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.A full slate of events is planned for 2014 include: A proclamation from the mayor declaring National Hospital Week, a hospital cookout, and a Service Awards Ceremony. This year two employees will be receiving 25 year pins: Brenda Hollis and Glynis Gotcher and Carol Atkinson, will receive her 20 year pin. In all, 39 employees will be receiving service pins this year.For more information, call Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital at 325-235-1701, check them out on line at, or follow them on facebook or twitter.