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National Hospital Week Spotlights St. Catherine’s Shining Stars

May 16th, 2014

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. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2014 National Hospital Week theme “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.”The event theme, announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 11–17 celebration. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center took the theme one step further by celebrating every employee and highlighting that they are all shining stars, the absolute center of the patient experience.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer Paul J. Rowland. As he addressed a room of employees, he said, “Thank you for all your hard work and for always striving to make the patient experience even better at St. Catherine of Siena.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would 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.

A full slate of activities were planned for 2014 at the medical center. The week kicked off with a Clinical Ladder Awards ceremony for 93 nurses on St. Catherine of Siena’s Clinical Ladder Program—a program committed to inspire and cultivate a culture of nursing excellence in the provision of direct patient care across the continuum through continued education. Staff members were invited to attend a motivational team building seminar with the founders of Peak Performance, Eileen Campbell and Kiki Kubik Orski, where they were given the tools they need to face the many challenges in health care. St. Catherine staff members were treated with a bagel breakfast, lunch and an afternoon of ice treats—all in thanks to maintaining the high quality standards the medical center has been awarded for. The most influential event was the Awards of Excellence for nurses, clinical team members, and department team members, where an employee from each section were recognized for valuable contributions made to the medical center.

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