UNION — Some very special people were recognized this week for their hard work helping address the health care needs of the men, women, and children of Union County.
Today is the last day of National Hospital Week (May 8-14) which was declared by the American Hospital Association. In declaring National Hospital Week, the Association states that it “celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and well being of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.”
In Union County, National Hospital Week was celebrated with a week of special events at Union Medical Center. The week’s activities began Monday with City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson presenting UMC CEO Paul Newhouse with the following proclamation:
Whereas, National Hospital Week is May 8-14, 2016, and the official theme is “Health Care from the Heart”, and
Whereas, individuals all across the country will be celebrating this time-honored event; and
Whereas, National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the 5.6 million men and women across the country who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care, and
Whereas, National Hospital Week recognizes the miracles that these men and women help to make happen on a day to day bases, both large and small, and
Whereas, National Hospital Week is a time to recognize and thank all or the individuals-physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more for their contributions, and
Now, therefore, be it resolved that on this 9th day of May, 2016, I, Harold E. Thompson, Mayor of the City of Union, South Carolina, and the Union City Council hereby declare May 8-14, 2016, to be Hospital Week in Union, South Carolina and urge residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies that make health care possible in our community.
In addition to proclaiming it Hospital Week in the city, Thompson also issued another health care-related proclamation:
WHEREAS the citizens of City of Union, county of Union, South Carolina now residing in nursing homes have contributed immeasurably to the heritage, success and growth of our community; and
WHEREAS nursing home residents of any age or ability are themselves living history and a precious resource; and
WHEREAS member nursing homes of the American Health Care Association are holding events in observance of Nursing Home Week guided by this year’s national theme of “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart”; and
WHEREAS Nursing Home Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 8 and ends on May 14, 2016’,
THEREFORE do I, Harold E. Thompson, as Mayor, of the City of Union, urge every citizen to honor the elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes by visiting or volunteering at a local nursing home to bring cheer to the residents and appreciation to the staff that care for our community’s most valuable citizens on our behalf. We also want to acknowledge National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2016 the theme “Culture of Safety”. “It Begins With You”. We appreciate the care that you provide for the residents of our community.
Monday’s ceremony continued with the presentation of awards honoring members of the staffs of the Union Medical Center staff and the Ellen Sagar Nursing Center for their years of service.
For more about Hospital Week in Union County and the recognition of staff members of the Union Medical Center and Ellen Sagar Nursing Center seek upcoming editions of The Union Times and online at www.uniondailytimes.com.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.