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SCKMC Celebrates Recognition Weeks

May 7, 2015

May hosts two of the nation’s largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. South Central Kansas Medical Center is planning events for both of these special occasions.

     May hosts two of the nation’s largest healthcare recognition weeks, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. South Central Kansas Medical Center is planning events for both of these special occasions.

     According to the American Nurse's Association, there are roughly 2.4 million actively employed Registered Nurses in the U.S.  As the largest occupation in health care, nurses are integral to hospitals, clinics, and other health care organizations across the nation.

     “Nurses are genuine every day heroes, giving of themselves to care for others. They are the eyes, ears, hands and feet of the physicians; ordinary people doing extraordinary things every day. They have a deep understanding of the power of knowledge coupled with compassion. I'm so proud of our nursing staff and grateful for the outstanding work they do for us,” said Jane Campbell, SCKMC’s Director of Quality Performance and Risk Management

     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 at SCKMC, there will be raffle prizes given away to nursing staff throughout the week, along with a pizza lunch provided by administration.

     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 National Hospital Week celebration is being held from May 10 – 16. SCKMC 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. One such event is the hospital “Services Fair” held on Friday May 15th from 11:00 to 1:00. The fair is open to the public and will take place at the hospital. Fair events include multiple health related activities, informational booths, a free hot dog lunch, and discounted laboratory screenings sponsored by the Legacy Foundation.

     SCKMC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Clayton Pappan believes the Services Fair is an important part of National Hospital Week, celebrating the partnership the community has with the hospital.

    “This is one of the few times a year when our friends and neighbors can learn firsthand how much we are able to provide. We hope everyone comes out, asks questions, takes advantage of our special offers, and enjoys a free lunch,” Pappan said.