St. Bernards Medical Center has a number of events and activities planned during National Hospital Week, May 7-11.
The national observance was begun in 1921 and is a time when hospitals recognize their staff and volunteers. The special week was an outgrowth of a magazine editor thinking that the public should have more information about hospitals … because at that time few people had a broad understanding of what hospitals did and how they cared for the ill.
Since that time, National Hospital Week has grown into the nation’s largest healthcare event.
“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” says Michael Givens, administrator St. Bernards Medical Center. “At St. Bernards, we traditionally designate each day of the week as a ‘special’ day, with all activities directed toward acknowledging the role played by those on our staff … both clinical and ancillary … as we care for our patients.”
St. Bernards activities will include the following:
· Monday – Sundae Monday – Employees can stop by the Dietary Conference Room at designated times during each shift to create their own sundaes.
· Tuesday – Community Day – Employees will take part in an in-house fund-raising competition called “Cha Ching for Babies,” with the winning departments earning the privilege of throwing a pie in the face of the St. Bernards Administrator, the vice president who oversees operations of their department and department directors and/or managers. The pie throwing will take place Wednesday at the Grill-Out on the Rooftop. Each department will raise money to help support the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Bernards. And by supporting that new service, employees will have opportunity to take ownership in something that provides a much-needed service for families with premature and very sick babies in this region. Its presence lets parents stay closer to home while their babies are cared for in a specially equipped unit under the direction of a staff of specially trained of physicians, nurses and others.
· Wednesday – Grill-Out on the Rooftop – Employees will go to the rooftop of the parking garage for hamburgers and hot dogs at lunch. In addition, the departments that win in categories of the Cha Ching for Babies fund-raising competition, will get to take aim and throw pies in the faces of leadership. (Employees who work second and third shifts will be served at an alternate location.) All will have opportunity to register for door prizes.
· Thursday – T-Shirt Day – Employees can take a break from wearing uniforms, and don St. Bernards T-shirts for the day.
· Friday – Auxiliary Appreciation Tea – Employees will be treated to punch and a wide variety of homemade desserts – items made by members of the St. Bernards Auxiliary – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dietary Conference Room.
St. Bernards is a 438-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital which serves as a referral medical center for residents in 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. For more than 100 years St. Bernards has served the heathcare needs of those in communities throughout the region and has delivered the most comprehensive array of services of any facility in the region.