People at the cornerstone of making communities healthier

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Wilson Medical Center is joining with several organizations this May to recognize and celebrate many of our community’s health care 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 health care 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 Wilson Medical Center plays an important role in providing a quality patient experience for members of our community.

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. They are at the heart of our efforts to create places where people choose to come for health care, 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 continued reductions in hospital acquired conditions (harms), completed construction and occupancy on the fifth and sixth floors, become a Duke Affiliate in cancer, added new equipment in the emergency department, recruited several new providers — including two new surgeons and an endocrinologist — and implemented a Patient Family Advisory Council, just to name a few.

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 4 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, 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 Wilson Medical Center 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. I am honored and humbled to work alongside these health care professionals as they dedicate their lives to improving the level of high quality care available to our neighbors and make our community healthier.

Bill Caldwell is the chief executive officer at Wilson Medical Center.