People are at the Cornerstone of Making Communities Healthier

May 7, 2018

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System is joining with several organizations this May to recognize and celebrate many of our community’s healthcare providers and recognize their efforts to help make our community healthier.

National Hospital Week
May 6 – 12 marks the American Hospital Association’s National Hospital Week. This annual event honors the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need. From physicians and nurses to food service workers and volunteers, each employee of STRHS plays an important role in providing a quality patient experience for members of our community, according to Jim Edmondson, STRHS-Pulaski CEO.

“I am so proud of the hard work our staff puts in each and every day that allows us to provide the highest quality care and create a safe, welcoming environment for our patients and their families” he/shesays. “They are at the heart of our efforts to create places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work. And we are continually seeking out ways we can enhance the level of care we offer. In the last year, we have achieved a new high watermark in providing qualty health care, expanded our digital imaging services and launched a new walk in clinic to serve the community. 

National Nurses Week
Coinciding with National Hospital Week, May 6 – 12 is also National Nurses Week, an annual observance led by the American Nurses Association to recognize the more than four million nursing staff across the country for their role in inspiring, innovating and influencing the delivery of quality patient care at the bedside. 

“Our nurses play an essential role in ensuring that our patients have a positive experience at our hospital and leave here in better condition than they arrived,” Edmondson says, “and I am so thankful for their tireless dedication to upholding the highest standards and working to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

National Nursing Home Week and National EMS Week
Other celebrations that STRHS will be honoring in May include National Nursing Home Week, May 13 -19, which recognizes the care that skilled nursing centers provide for seniors and individuals with disabilities in our community, and National EMS Week, May 20 – 26, which honors the crucial, lifesaving care our community’s emergency medical workers provide when minutes matter most.

“Improving the overall health and well-being of our community is a team effort,” says Edmondson.“I am honored and humbled to work alongside these healthcare professionals as they dedicate their lives to improving the level of high quality care available to our neighbors and make our community healthier.”