PRESIDENT & CEO
A designated national recognition week during the year exists for nearly each individual profession within health care. These special occasions give us the opportunity to recognize and thank each discipline contributing to the overall delivery of high quality care to our patients. And May is the month where we celebrate the enormous contributions our dedicated nurses and hospital employees make in the care of our patients throughout our system.
Florence Nightingale laid the foundations of professional nursing during the Crimean War. She is credited for first defining both the nursing role and nursing education. National Nurses Week honors the nation’s indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. This year’s National Nurses week theme is “The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit” which so accurately describes the integral role our nurses play in all aspects of healing.
National Hospital Week, first observed in the U.S. in 1921, is the nation’s largest health care event that celebrates hospitals and the professionals who support the health and well-being of their communities through their unwavering commitment to high quality and compassionate care. Our IASIS hospital employees and physicians truly embody the theme of the week “The Healing Heart of Healthcare” as we further our mission to provide a patient-centered, safe care environment for our patients and their families.
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.
National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, first and foremost, are celebrations of people. The people who meet the daily healthcare needs of our patients across our health system are a dedicated, compassionate group of individuals united by their calling to help others. A heartfelt thank you to our nurses, hospital employees and physicians for your hard work, dedication and compassion that you demonstrate daily in the important work you do and as a result make IASIS Healthcare an extraordinary organization.