May 5, 2016


HOT SPRINGS, VA – 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 to comforting the sick, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2016 National Hospital Week theme “Health Care from the Heart.”

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said Kathy Landreth, Acting CEO for Bath Community Hospital.  “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.

BCH will be honoring their staff with an employee family picnic in June which will include a delicious meal, employee services awards, a pool party and a chance fellowship with staff and their families.  BCH will also participate in a “profile image takeover” this week on Facebook in national coordination with the American Hospital Association by changing their profile icon to the blue “H” hospital sign. Those active on the social media site are encouraged to do the same to pay tribute to the hard work of medical professionals in their lives.

Each year, BCH sees over 3,000 patients in its emergency room and over 8,000 visits to the physician’s group.  They also provide pharmacy, outpatients and wellness services to thousands, as well as provide ongoing educational and training seminars for residents of Bath County and surrounding areas.  “Our hospital employees are the front-line contact for keeping all these wheels in motion and making these services readily available to everyone in the community.  National Hospital Week is a wonderful time to recognize all of these professionals for their dedication and for the important work that they do”,  said Landreth.

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