PRINCETON — National Hospital Week, May 6-12, will celebrate the hard work, dedication and compassion that hospital staff put in every day of the year.
The celebration includes clinical staff, environmental services, technicians, laboratory staff, dietary staff, and every other position that allows a hospital to run its daily operations.
At Perry Memorial Hospital, that equates to more than 400 staff members — each one with a different reason for performing the duties of their job to help the hospital continue to live out its mission of providing compassionate, quality health services to the people and communities it serves.
Celebrating National Hospital Week “is a chance to thank employees for their hand in patient care,” Alecia Weber, of PMH’s Human Resources Department, said.
As part of the celebration, an employee appreciation evening banquet will be held Monday to honor 40 employees and their combined total of 630 years of care and dedication at the hospital.
Throughout the week, other activities, games and celebrations are planned for hospital employees.
Long-term dedication, quality care and small-town, neighborly treatment are just a few of the reasons area communities should celebrate Hospital Week along with PMH.
“It’s a chance for a bit of fun instead of something serious all the time,” Mark Humphries, director of Materials Management at the hospital, said.
Another reason to celebrate with PMH, a critical access hospital, is the continued dedication to stay ahead of medical trends, and to stay up-to-date with technology and equipment, which is constantly changing, as hospital leadership continues to work toward the overall goal of providing exceptional health care to patients.
“Health care in general is changing,” Jodi Piacenti, a registered nurse in PMH’s Ambulatory Care Department, said. “Change helps keep things real.”
For many people who work at the hospital, a reason to celebrate during Hospital Week is the unequivocal appreciation for PMH in their communities and in their lives. Having PMH allows for an easier access to quality health care in the rural areas of Princeton and the surrounding towns.
“Each and every one of you should take pride in the accomplishments we have achieved,” Annette Schnabel, CEO at Perry Memorial Hospital, said.
“Do you realize how many lives you have impacted this year? It is much more than just the number of patients you examined or treated. It includes their family, employers, their neighbors and friends,” Schnabel said.
“Each encounter we have with a patient is an encounter with a person’s degree of relationships,” she said.