Each year in May the nation celebrates National Hospital Week, a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals that make our hospitals exceptional places to receive care. National Hospital Week is a time to recognize hospital staff and promote hospitals’ mission of health and wellness. The 2013 National Hospital Week was May 12-18.  National Hospital Week dates back to 1921, when it began at the suggestion of a newspaper editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and good will among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.  America’s hospitals and health systems are always ready.  National Hospital Week reminds our communities of the essential role the men and women of our hospitals play in caring for friends and neighbors.

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