National Hospital Week Celebrates Pennsylvania Hospitals
May 08, 2019
Lawmakers in Harrisburg have approved measures recognizing National Hospital Week, which will take place May 12–18, 2019. The state House of Representatives and state Senate unanimously adopted companion resolutions that highlight the critical role that hospitals play in the communities they serve.
First declared during 1921, National Hospital Week has been a week to celebrate and thank the committed men and women that touch the lives of the patients and communities they serve. The week also provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that hospitals play as community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.
“Pennsylvania’s hospitals have long been the home to exceptional patient care, cutting-edge research, and some of the nation’s leading medical education facilities,” said Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. “They proudly undertake this work with a unified mission: providing high-quality care to the patients and families they serve.”
As evidenced by the list of HAP’s 2019 Achievement Award winners, Pennsylvania hospitals are focused on constant improvement of the quality and value of care they provide, the patient and family experience, and the innovation necessary to keep up with the rapid pace of emerging technology.
Pennsylvania’s hospitals are adapting and responding to a changing community dynamic, addressing socioeconomic issues, such as poverty, food insecurity, housing, and violence. Through partnerships with government and local organizations, hospitals are working to address the opioid epidemic, provide integrated care after drug overdoses, support efforts to limit opioid prescriptions, and educate communities about substance use disorder prevention. Additionally, hospitals are helping communities prepare for emergency situations, by providing training and support to increase readiness for and response to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and mass casualty incidents.
“Our hospital staff and leadership are committed to helping our communities tackle tough issues like the opioid crisis, obesity, and diabetes,” Carter continued. “They are improving outcomes and expanding access to care through community health programs and telemedicine. They are relentlessly pursuing new projects to unlock the secrets to the human genome. They are piloting new programs—such as the Rural Health Model—to ensure that hospitals remain community anchors for years to come.”
For information about hospital quality and community initiatives, contact Julie Kissinger, HAP’s vice president, communications and public affairs.