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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK

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Emporia, VA – Most people only visit hospitals occasionally, when a loved one is sick or a friend is having a baby. Employees at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) are different in this regard. Each day, more than 300 staff members come to the hospital to provide compassionate, personalized care for friends, neighbors and those they do not know. Our providers work together around the clock, seven days a week to make healthcare available any time it is needed, whether for one person or more in times of community crisis or natural disaster.

Established in 1953, National Hospital Week honors the dedication of all the men and women who deliver and support the care provided in hospitals. The timing of Hospital Week was chosen to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday in recognition of her efforts to revolutionize the way hospitals were run in the United States. Although much has changed in healthcare since the mid- to late-1800s when Nightingale cared for patients, one thing has remained constant: hospitals are foundations of their communities, nurturing and caring for individuals from all walks of life.

Hospitals are significant contributors to the communities they serve. In addition to providing vital health care services, hospitals are also major employers in the community. According to the American Hospital Association, hospitals provide more than 5.5 million jobs across the United States.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) joined with hospitals across the nation in celebration of National Hospital Week May 11-15, and to recognize and thank  the men and women who support the health of their communities through compassionate care, and unwavering dedication to the patients they serve. 

As in past years, staff participate in fund raisers leading up to and throughout Hospital Week to benefit the Emporia/Greensville Relay for Life. On the two Fridays prior to Hospital Week, staff participated in SVRMC Denim Days, collecting $5.00 from staff who wore their favorite jeans to work.  During Hospital Week, all proceeds from the $3.00 and $1.00 lunch special were added to the collection, as well as all funds from raffle tickets were sold throughout the week for prize drawings to be held on Friday.  When all was said and done on the final day of the celebration, staff had raised a total of $1,618.42 that they donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  

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