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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. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2019 National Hospital Week theme “Celebrating Hope and Healing.”

The event theme, announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 12–18 celebration.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Michele Schoonover, administrator of Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab 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.

Organizers at Virginia Gay Hospital have a full slate of activities and “dress down days” planned for 2019. Each day hospital staff is encouraged to wear designated colors that represent the “Colors of Healing.”

Monday, May 13: Pink shirts will be worn to signify affection and compassion. City of Vinton Mayor, Bud Maynard will be on hand to issue the official proclamation for Hospital Week.

Tuesday, May 14: Green shirts will be worn to signify relaxing and healing. Members of the hospital’s management staff will be serving breakfast for employees, and the nursing and rehab department will host charades for residents and hospital staff.

Wednesday, May 15: Blue shirts will be worn to signify calming and relaxing. Maintenance department employees will be grilling for a hospital staff lunch.

Thursday, May 16: Purple shirts will be worn to signify meditative and sensitive. Hospital staff gets treated to an ice cream bar in the afternoon will the annual employee awards banquet scheduled for the evening.

Friday, May 17: Red shirts will be worn to signify vitality and alertness. Contest winners will be announced from a variety of staff activities that were scheduled throughout the week.

For more information, about Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab, please visit www.myvgh.org.

City of Vinton Mayor, Bud Maynard and Virginia Gay Hospital CEO, Michele Schoonover prepare to officially proclaim this week (May 12-18, 2019) National Hospital Week.

A group of staff gathers in front of the entrance sign at Virginia Gay Hospital as City of Vinton Mayor, Bud Maynard proclaims National Hospital Week.