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SCKMC Celebrates During National Recognition Weeks

May 9, 2014

(Arkansas City, KS) - The month of May usually brings to mind thoughts of nicer weather, outdoor activities, and the end of the school year. But for those in the healthcare industry, May is a time of celebration. This month hosts two of the nation's largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. South Central Kansas Medical Center has special events planned for both of these special occasions.

(Arkansas City, KS) - The month of May usually brings to mind thoughts of nicer weather, outdoor activities, and the end of the school year. But for those in the healthcare industry, May is a time of celebration. This month hosts two of the nation's largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. South Central Kansas Medical Center has special events planned for both of these special occasions.

"The people of America's hospitals are working, caring and performing medical miracles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (The celebration) offers a great opportunity for us to honor the men and women whose mission and focus during this time of great change remains the same, caring for and providing top quality care for the patients, families and communities they serve," Rich Umbdenstock, President & CEO of the American Hospital Association.

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. To celebrate, SCKMC held a dinner for nursing staff complete with games and prizes.

National Hospital Week is considered to be the nation's largest healthcare event. The annual celebration 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 become a national event.

This year's celebration is being held from May 11 - 17. South Central Kansas Medical Center has scheduled a full slate of activities for both the staff and the community in order to celebrate the efforts of the hospital team and the care they provide the community.

One of the main activities each year at the medical center is the years of service recognition luncheon held for the special individuals who have provided dedicated service in their field. Honorees are presented with achievement pins commemorating the number years they have been employed at the medical center.

"Our team members are the lifeblood of this organization and all are greatly valued," said Steve Perkins, SCKMC's Chief Executive Officer. "SCKMC is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and supportive staff. That commitment is reflected in those who are celebrating milestone anniversaries."

The 2014 years of service recipients included:
5 year pins - Tracy Austin, Jane Campbell, Maricela Fuentes, Terri Galindo, Larry Langhorst, Patricia McMains, Paula Rhodes, Darci Sampson.
10 year pins - Kathy Avery, Tammy Lynn, Bonnie Schieber, Anita Sefers, Tracy Tapia, Mary Trillo
15 year pin - Shelby Koller, Cheryl Pack
20 year pin - Glenda Brantley, Crystal Johns

Additional hospital week activities include a hospital "Services Fair" to be held on Thursday May 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the hospital's outpatient services building located next to the hospital. The community is invited to attend and participate with several health related activities and informational booths. A free hot dog lunch will be provided. In addition, the Legacy Foundation will be sponsoring discounted laboratory screenings. A health panel screening which includes a chemistry profile, thyroid, cholesterol, and blood count test for $25. Prostate cancer screening tests are also only $25.

Perkins believes the Services Fair is an important part of National Hospital Week, celebrating the partnership the community has with the hospital.

"This is the community's hospital. Without our community we would not exist. A community must believe in its hospital, and a hospital must believe in its community by building programs that meet the community need. We are dependent on each other, and we look forward to growing together in the future," Perkins said.