SEARHC honors National Hospital Week

Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2009

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor National Hospital Week with a reception at noon Wednesday at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria.

National Hospital Week is May 10 to 16, and this year's National Hospital Week theme is "A Healthy Commitment in Changing Lives." During Wednesday's reception, SEARHC Vice President of Hospital Services Frank Sutton will give a brief talk about the annual celebration. Refreshments will be provided.

"Every day the staff of the hospital work hard to provide the highest quality services to our patients," Sutton said. "National Hospital Week is a special week when we want to acknowledge them and say thank you for their work and dedication to our patients and our mission."

National Hospital Week got its start as Hospital Day in 1921, a year after a Chicago magazine editor suggested a public health care event to help the community build trust in its hospitals. The event spread throughout the country and expanded to a full week in 1953. Today every state celebrates National Hospital Week, which is sponsored by the American Hospital Association and now is the country's largest health care celebration.

"The event reminds us that hospitals are foundations of communities that build and nurture them, and hospitals serve people in every community from all walks of life," Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Chief Dietitian Libby Watanabe said.

Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams read a proclamation at the April 28 Sitka Assembly meeting that honors National Hospital Week on a local level and recognizes the work done at both SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and Sitka Community Hospital.

For more information, contact Libby Watanabe at 907-966-8339 or

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