The past two years have been challenging to say the least for healthcare workers. In 2022, National Hospital Week is celebrated May 8-14 and encourages honor and respect for the innovation of our healthcare systems and the life-saving skills of dedicated healthcare workers.
National Hospital Week initially began as a day. Created in 1921 this day was used as a way to promote confidence and education in hospitals following the Spanish flu of 1918. It was lengthened into a week in 1953 to allow for additional public education. The initial Hospital Day was chosen to honor the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12th). Florence was a pioneer of the nursing profession and credited with instituting early sanitation practices. It only makes sense that National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week overlap.
National Hospital Week recognizes the over 6,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, and outstanding staff members that contribute to the teamwork required to provide quality health care. All hospitals are included in the recognition, from acute care hospitals to Veteran’s Administration hospitals, to children’s and psychiatric hospitals.
No skill is too small to keep a hospital functioning at peak performance. Clinical staff, maintenance workers, supply chain workers, medical records, billing departments, and so many more are vital to maintaining the seamless flow of hospitals.
National Hospital Week is sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Their theme for 2022 is “We Are Health Care” to highlight the individuals that selflessly provide care in America’s hospitals and healthcare systems. The AHA is asking hospitals and healthcare workers to participate in National Hospital Week by sharing their stories and experiences in working on the frontlines through a pandemic.
Videos have been compiled from caregivers all over the country who are sharing their pride in their profession and colleagues and what drives them to continue providing quality care even during a historical pandemic.
Healthcare systems, managers, and other corporations and individuals can honor healthcare workers in a number of ways.
Hospitals are full of individuals whose priority is to fight for the lives of those who are sick and in need. They are brave and compassionate pillars of strength that continue to provide excellence even during unprecedented circumstances. They fight for us, so we must fight for them.
Advantis Medical Staffing celebrates National Hospital Week as we do not exist without the collaborative efforts of the hospitals, healthcare systems, travel nurses, and allied health professionals that we work with.