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National Recognition Weeks Overlap

May hosts two of the nation’s largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. SCKMC held events for both of these special occasions.

May 11, 2017

May hosts two of the nation’s largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. SCKMC held events for both of these special occasions.

National Nurses Week has been celebrated since 1954, although it was not officially recognized until President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation in 1974. Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. SCKMC celebrated with games, prizes, meals, and activities for all nursing staff.

This year’s National Hospital Week celebration was held from May 7 – 13. National Hospital Week is considered to be the nation’s largest healthcare event, celebrating the efforts of the hospital team and the care they provide. SCKMC has scheduled a full slate of activities for staff in order to celebrate the efforts of the hospital team and the care they provide. Events included virtual bingo, a build your own sundae bar, donuts delivered to the departments by administration, a picnic lunch, and the annual years of service luncheon.

SCKMC’s service luncheon is an invitation only event held for individuals within the organization who are celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2017. The event is attended by honorees from all departments, as well as team leaders and hospital administration. This year’s event was held on May 10th.

SCKMC’s Chief Executive Officer, Virgil Watson, addressed those in attendance.

“We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to all of you and your fellow employees. We appreciate all of you and all that you do. I just can’t find the words to properly say thank you for all that you do, and your dedication and loyalty that you give to our hospital,” Watson said.

Honorees are presented with achievement pins by their department manager commemorating the number years they have been employed at the medical center.     

 The following members were recognized for their service: Joyce Baker, Environmental Services (5 years); Shanea Chrisman, ER Registration (5 years); Brandi Cyrus, Nutritional Services (5 years); Dr. Perry Lin, OB/GYN (5 years); Ashley Lynn, Med/Surg Team Leader (5 years); Riley Stegman, Laboratory (5 years); Tammy Eiselt, Employee Health (10 years); Angela Kelly, House Supervisor (10 years); Holly Harper, CFO (10 years); Valerie Reed, Business Services (15 years); Cassie Crocker, Laboratory (20 years); Mike Metzinger, Maintenance (20 years).

In addition, Jamilee Metzinger received special recognition for her dedication to patient care. Jamilee retired last month, spending 41 years providing nursing services at SCKMC.

John Jones, SCKMC’s Chief Operations Officer, thanked Metzinger for her dedicated service. 

“Forty years, how do you put that into some meaningful perspective? In nursing you have to stay, competent, sharp, and current and to have done that through such a spectrum… Think about how much medicine has changed and to maintain that impresses me the most. You define nursing, congratulations,” Jones said.

The medical center will wrap up the hospital week activities by hosting a free community cookout at South Central Kansas Clinic, 515 N. Summit in Ark City, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Friday. The cookout is in honor of Dr. Perry Lin’s practice expansion. In addition to his established practice through the SCKMC Specialty Clinic located on the hospital campus, he is now accepting new patients through South Central Kansas Clinic.

Pictured: Jamilee Metzinger receives a lifetime achievement award from senior administrator John Jones for over 40 years of service at SCKMC during the annual hospital week awards luncheon.