STATE COLLEGE A health system 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 for the sick to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. While some healthcare facilities are celebrating National Hospital Week, May 6-12 , Mount Nittany is expanding on the occasion by observing Health System Week in honor of its entire system of care.
"Our recognition of National Health System Week is a celebration of people," said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO. "Not only are we proud of each member of the Medical Center staff, but this year, we want to acknowledge each staff member of Mount Nittany Health System. We recognize the important role all of our employees play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and community as they provide streamlined, quality care to each patient."
The nation's largest healthcare observance, National Hospital Week, dates back to 1921, when the idea was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The effort, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public, and participation eventually spread to facilitators across the nation as well.
The week's theme "Making Miracles Happen" is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting healthcare facilities around the country.
In tribute, Mount Nittany has set aside this week to express gratitude to its entire staff for their dedication in providing trusted care to the community.