A hospital is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. It is more than just a place where people go to heal when they are ill. 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 are touting with the 2013 National Hospital Week theme “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.” The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 12–18 celebration.
“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Candace Fenske, CEO of Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic, 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 community.”
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 fear 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 Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic is a private, nonprofit, 25-bed acute care facility that employs over 100 full time and part time staff members. The hospital has been serving the Madelia community since 1918 and offers all the primary health services, including: medical and surgical services, urgent care, emergency care, lab testing, physical therapy, swing bed, and home care. In 2011, their services were expanded to include a family medical clinic which provides health care services to people of all ages.