Celebration of National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor as a way to alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.
The annual celebration underlines that 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. The theme for this year’s National Hospital Week (May 6–12) is making miracles happen. Often the miracle is saving a life or returning an injured person to normal. However, miracles that are not so obvious are happening every day in your local community, thanks to the extraordinary people who work in hospitals. To honor the nearly 80,000 very special people who make miracles happen, we share just a few examples of some special miracles.
In small towns everyone knows everyone. We scoff at the Hollywood game of Six Degrees of Separation. If it’s more than two degrees, we’re embarrassed. So that’s how this story begins. Read how Newberry County Memorial Hospital and a community member helped Pastor John Weaver and his wife Barbara on a very special day of their lives.
Unfortunately, hospitals often become the temporary homes of patients who are waiting for a nursing home to accept them. The wait can be very long with no social life, physical activity and or even visitors from the outside. Read how the Waccamaw Community Hospital nursing staff made a difference for “Chippy.”
A World War II Army veteran who wanted nothing more than to see his grandson graduate from Parris Island. Never mind he was battling stage 4 colon cancer. Read how a Beaufort Memorial nurse help make this happen.
With sports-related injuries on the rise — especially among young, student athletes — Robert Schoderbek, Jr., MD was concerned that the Charleston County School District didn’t have the funding to hire certified athletic trainers. Read how he and Roper St. Francis Healthcare System worked to change that.
A young bride had always looked forward to her big day when her father would "give her away" to her future husband. Read how the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties helped fulfill her wishes on one of her most special days of her life.