Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) is a network of services that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, ECHN’s two hospitals, Manchester Memorial and Rockville General, are central to a healthy and optimistic community. The 2013 National Hospital Week is celebrated May 12-18. This year’s theme is “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.” Community hospitals exemplify that theme. They are the anchors in their respective neighborhoods, providing jobs and caring for its sickest members.
“National Hospital Week is the perfect time for us to celebrate every member of our healthcare team, our clinical and non-clinical professionals,” says Deborah Parker, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services & Clinical Officer at ECHN. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff, and we recognize the important role they play in building trust and respect that promotes wellness and healthier communities.”
The nation’s largest healthcare 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. It is still a time-honored tradition.