May 11-17 is National Hospital Week and National Nursing Home Week

    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 new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. With that in mind, RiverView Health is celebrating National Hospital Week May 11-17.       

    “National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,’’ said RiverView Health CEO and President Carrie Michalski. “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.’’   

    The May recognition is a time to celebrate the history, technology and dedicated professions that allow RiverView Health to deliver a healthcare experience that consistently exceeds patients’ expectations. It is a time to recognize hospital staff and promote RiverView’s mission of health and wellness   

    National Hospital Week dates back to 1921, when it began at the suggestion of a newspaper editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and good will among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.   

    “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues” is the theme for this year’s National Hospital Week.

May 11-17 is also National Nursing Home Week    

    RiverView’s Memory Care Unit will also be in high spirits as National Nursing Home Week is celebrated at the Crookston location.   

    While this year’s theme of “Living the Aloha Spirit’’ may seem like a stretch for those in Minnesota, the theme is an important message no matter where you live: In Hawaii, the word “aloha” has a deeper cultural significance than a simple greeting or farewell.  In Hawaiian culture it is important to treat yourself and others with aloha, to interact with love and respect and joyfully share life. By applying this spirit of aloha to daily life, the people of Hawaii are encouraged to treat others with deep care, respect and humility, leading to individuals creating a better world. Key concepts of aloha spirit include unity, kindness, truthfulness, humility and patience.      

    As part of the National Hospital and Nursing Home Week celebrations, RiverView employees will be treated to a picnic May 15 as a thank you for all of the time and effort they put in to take care of the RiverView community. Overnight staff will be treated to pizza in the midnight hour.