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National Hospital Week Provides Opportunity to Celebrate Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 07, 2018

This week, May 6–12, 2018, is National Hospital Week. First declared during 1921, National Hospital Week for almost a century has been a week to celebrate and thank the committed men and women that touch the lives of the patients and communities they serve. The week also provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that hospitals play as community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.

“Pennsylvania’s hospital family is guided by the mission of providing high-quality, patient-centered care, but their work is so much more,” said Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania hospitals are adapting and responding to a changing community dynamic, addressing socioeconomic issues, such as poverty, food insecurity, and violence. They are working to address the opioid epidemic, partnering with government and nonprofits to prevent substance use disorder, provide integrated care after drug overdoses, and support efforts to limit opioid prescriptions. They also are helping communities prepare for emergency situations, providing training and support to increase readiness for and response to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and mass casualty incidents.

“Alongside all of these efforts, Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems continue to conduct cutting-edge research, implement innovative new technologies, and work to improve the quality and safety of care,” Carter said. “Hospitals and health systems are collaborating, sharing best practices to reduce readmissions and improve overall outcomes.”

“The health care landscape may be changing rapidly, but hospitals remain focused on providing the best care possible to patients and their families. I am proud of all they are accomplishing, day in and day out.”

Recently, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution to declare May 6–12 National Hospital week in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Senate also adopted a companion resolution. These state resolutions recognize the critical role that hospitals play in our communities.

To learn more about Pennsylvania hospitals and their employees during National Hospital Week, connect with the Healthy Me PA digital community.

For information about hospital quality and community initiatives, contact Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communications and public affairs.

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