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National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on People 

Maryville, MO – A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers touted with the 2010 National Hospital Week theme “Health, Hope & Healing.”

The event theme was the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 9–15 celebration.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Gray Cox, president of St. Francis Hospital & Health Services , said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week 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 facilities across the country.

The Employee Council at St. Francis organized a week full of opportunities to entertain and recognize coworkers.  The week’s highlight was the service awards ceremony on Thursday, May 13.  Eighty-five employees were honored for 970 years of service.  Three employees were also recognized for professional development within the last year.  The week also included a free employee meal, guessing games, ring toss, free ice cream sandwiches and appreciation gift.

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