Published: 05/10/2013

National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight Hospitals as a Guiding Light for Changing Times

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.  That’s the message organizers are sending during National Hospital Week held May 12-18, 2013 with a theme of “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.”
“National Hospital Week is a celebration of people and accomplishments,” Michael O’Keefe, President of Evangelical Community Hospital said.
“We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important roles they continue to play in advancing Evangelical as a forward-thinking hospital providing trustworthy, reliable healthcare to its patients.”
Evangelical has much to celebrate during this week of recognition. In the last year, the community hospital serving those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties opened its Donehower-Eisenhauer Pavilion that houses eight, state-of-the art operating rooms, two advanced catheterization labs for cardiovascular procedures, as well as new patient recovery areas.
In January, the hospital introduced its new Center for Orthopaedics answering the needs of patients throughout the Susquehanna Valley who are seeking a renewed quality of life through procedures for mobility.
The Hospital continues to move forward with changing times and has begun a renovation of its obstetrics unit, The Family Place, to provide expecting parents with the latest in comfort, convenience, and modern birthing suites.
Most recently, the Hospital earned an accreditation by DNV Healthcare Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center. The accreditation is a national endorsement of the excellence of Evangelical’s existing, full-spectrum stroke program.
In recognition of Evangelical’s accomplishments and the staff who have made those accomplishments possible, the Hospital is offering special meal items in the dining room from May 13-17 during the lunch and dinner hours and by holding events for employees and volunteers.
The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921.Launched in Chicago, the event succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.