Optimum Permanent Placement is pleased to recognize the contributions of our country’s hospitals and health systems as well as the dedicated individuals—from physicians and nurse practitioners to administrators and volunteers—who devote their lives to providing their communities with quality care and service.
“The American hospital, whether it be the great urban institution or its humble rural prototype, is constantly making large contributions to that most valuable of all conservations, the saving of human life,” said Herbert Hoover, when he served as our nation’s Secretary of Commerce. “Moreover, it is continually accelerating our progress in the field of preventive medicine through medical research; it is giving us ever advancing ideals in humanitarian effort; and it provides us with an institution through which the spirit of community service finds one of its most inspiring expressions.”
Hoover, who went on to become the 31st president of the United States, was advocating the celebration of National Hospital Day, encouraging members of the public to honor their area hospitals and hospital employees. Here, we share a little history on National Hospital Week as well as some information that could prove helpful to hospital leaders as they finalize plans and participate in this year’s festivities.
- deadliest flu epidemic to date caused the deaths of approximately 20 to 30 million people worldwide, including some 675,000 Americans, according to the History Channel.
- In 1953, National Hospital Day expanded to National Hospital Week, presenting hospitals with more time to educate the public about medical care. The American Hospital Association (AHA) sponsors the week, inspiring a friendly reminder that hospitals are pillars in each of the communities that they serve.