National Hospital Week begins on May 9. National Hospital Week is an opportunity to highlight hospitals, health systems and healthcare workers and the ways they support the needs of their community. The American Hospital Association has recognized this year’s theme as Inspiring Hope through Healing.
In 1921, National Hospital Day was created to encourage trust in hospitals in the wake of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. It became a week-long event in 1953. Fast forward to 2021, as we continue to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the history of why this week exists is more relevant—and poignant—than ever.
“Mountainside is far more than just a place people go to heal physically. The hospital is a vital element of our community that encourages health and embodies hope,” hospital Chief Executive Officer Tim O’Brien said. “From welcoming new life into the world, to providing treatment and comforting the sick and injured, Mountainside employees are central to creating and supporting a healthy community. I am honored to thank our staff for the exceptional work they do every day.”
The hospital kicks off the week of celebration with a red carpet roll out, and employees are recognized throughout week with a series of physically distant events including breakfast, ice cream and sweet treats trucks.
To honor team members, Mountainside Medical Center participates in the Employee Excellence Awards, recognizing team members who go above and beyond their normal responsibilities to support the delivery of care to patients. Team members may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague, physician or manager. Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony on May 27, 2021.