City of Valdosta Mayor John Gayle presents South Georgia Medical Center CEO Randy Sauls with a Hospital Week proclamation on Monday. 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 2013 National Hospital Week Theme “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.” At the SGMC Main campus, and affiliate campuses SGMC Smith Northview Campus and SGMC Berrien Campus, the week of May 12–18 will be celebrated with fun activities and recognition of hospital staffs.“National Hospital week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Randy Sauls, SGMC CEO stated. “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 communities.
During Hospital Week, we think it’s important to say thank you.”The nation’s largest healthcare 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 ensuing celebration has promoted trust and goodwill among members of the public and healthcare community. For more information, contact Community Relations at the SGMC Main Campus, at 229-259-4420.
Lowndes County Commissioner Crawford Powell presents a Hospital Week proclamation to representatives of Smith Northview Hospital, a campus of SGMC: Leonard Carter, Shamb Purohit and Darlene Williams.