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St. Luke’s recognizes community support during National Hospital Week, May 10-16

National Hospital Week this year is May 10 – 16. St. Luke’s Hospital wishes to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the local and extended community for their support, food donations, personal protective equipment contributions, encouraging messages and a variety of additional generous offerings during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Typically, this important week gives us all the opportunity to highlight our hospital enterprise, healthcare workers and staff and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of our community,” said CEO Michelle Fortune. “However, this year, St. Luke’s wants our community to know that we couldn’t do this without your help and ongoing support. Our team has been overwhelmed with your kindness, generosity and assistance, and we want to recognize our local and extended community and their commitment to St. Luke’s Hospital during this pandemic.”

This year’s national celebration theme is “A Week of Thanks.” St. Luke’s invites you to join them in thanking, not only their team of dedicated healthcare professionals, but also all of the generous people who have offered their support with hand-made face masks, food donations, personal protective equipment donations, messages of encouragement and financial contributions.

National Hospital Day was first observed on May 12, 1921, which would have been Florence Nightingale’s 101st birthday. It has been a healthcare tradition since 1921. 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.

St. Luke’s Hospital encourages you to send healthcare workers an inspirational, energy-boosting message to celebrate National Hospital Week. Share your messages of wisdom and resilience on your social media pages using #HospitalWeek and #StLukesNCStrong. Tag the hospitals and healthcare workers you want to recognize and honor, or please call 828-894-3311 to see how you can offer support to St. Luke’s during this challenging time.

Submitted by Becky Rickenbaker