National Hospital Week: Where Health Comes First

Burgess Health Center kicked off this year’s National Hospital Week theme of “A Week of Thanks” with snacks, surprises, and prizes for all employees on Monday morning, May 11. Now more than ever, we need to thank all of the dedicated individuals — physicians, nurses, therapists, plant operations, food service workers, volunteers, managers, and so many more — for their contributions during this fight against COVID-19.

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 a new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Fran Tramp, president of Burgess Health Center 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 in this time of uncertainty.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week, dates back to 1921 when a magazine editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals suggested it. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.