(May 13, 2022) – This week, the Kansas Hospital Association has enjoyed celebrating all of you during National Hospital Week. It has been refreshing to see and learn about all the activities hospitals are doing with their teams. I heard from several of you who are grateful to finally be able to do so many things together.
Did you know Hospital Week has been celebrated for more than 100 years? National Hospital Week began as National Hospital Day in the year 1921 as an attempt to inspire community members to support hospitals after the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918. In 1953, National Hospital Day was changed to National Hospital Week.
Additionally, National Hospital Week takes place during the week of Florence Nightingale's birthday, which is on May 12. The holiday shines a spotlight on our many hospitals, health systems and health care workers who strive to save lives daily. As you know, this year's National Hospital Week showcased the pride and resiliency of hospital and health care workers with the theme We Are Health Care.
As our 2022 hospital week video states, "We've all learned that it's hard to be a hero, but the best of us keep doing it anyway." Thank you for the valuable contributions you each make day in and day out so hospitals can be there to care for Kansans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On behalf of the entire KHA staff, thank you for your commitment to improving the health of your community through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering dedication! We Are Health Care!