May 12, 2011

Scotland County Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week, Hospital Week & EMS Week

Time travels quickly. Although it seems hardly possible, the operation of Scotland County Memorial Hospital District (d.b.a. Scotland County Hospital) is into its 5th decade. In 1970 the governing board of directors consisted of Glen Myers (chairman), Clare Morgan (vice president), Hollis Boyer, Leon Cowell, Paul Drummond, and P.C. Hinds.

The Administrator was Gale Robertson, and the Ladies Auxiliary listed Beverly Daggs (president), Helen Cone (vice president), Marilyn Kittle (secretary), and Jean Crawford (treasurer), as its members.

The hospital's beginnings date back prior to 1970. Stories were running in the Memphis Democrat in June of 1968 by reporter, Dorothy Childress, reflecting that it may still be possible to have a community hospital and asking citizens to sign pledge cards at either of the Memphis banks. Stories continued in 1969 about donations from many local organizations, and scheduled fund raising events.

During the grand opening in July of 1970 there were over 3,000 in attendance according to local news stories. At 8 a.m., July 20, 1970, SCMH opened its doors with two patients admitted. Nationally, at that time, the average length of time for a patient's hospital stay was 4, 5, or 6 days.

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. Scotland County Hospital Employees are enjoying a week of activities to celebrate National Hospital Week, May 9 - 15. National Hospital Week aims to unite healthcare institutions in celebrating their staff and their facilities.

"National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people," Marcia Dial, SCH CEO said. "We're extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities."

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.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nursing is often described as an art and a science. Nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. You will find a nurse in a variety of venues including in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. A nurse has many roles, from a staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher - and serves all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Scotland County Hospital employees celebrate with lots of fun throughout the week. Below is their schedule for celebrating National Hospital Week:

Monday - Tropical/Hawaiian Dress Day and a Brunch

Tuesday - 50's Dress Day and Cake

Wednesday- Vintage SCH T-Shirt Dress Day and BBQ/Carry-In

Thursday - Construction Dress Day and Pop and Popcorn all day

Friday - Western Dress Day and Pop and Popcorn all day

National EMS Week is observed May 15-21 and Scotland County Ambulance personnel will be around and about Scotland County providing opportunities for community awareness. You will see the Scotland County Ambulance crew at the Nutrition Site, the school, the Gorin Fire Department and the SC Raceway. And, you will hear them on Healthy U Radio Show on May 17th with Hospital CEO, Marcia Dial.

The Scotland County Ambulance crew will provide a BBQ to the Hospital employees on May 19th and the Ambulance crew has invited all air ambulance providers that service SCH to land their aircrafts at SCH and enjoy the BBQ.

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services from an Ambulance. Every second counts and every action matters to EMS personnel and their patients.

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