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National Hospital Week puts spotlight on people


Kona Community Hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. This is the message being touted via this year’s National Hospital Week theme, “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.”

The annual event, scheduled for May 12-18, is designed to unite hospitals and highlight their role in communities nationwide. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said Jay Kreuzer, CEO of Kona Community Hospital (KCH). “We are extremely proud of everyone who represents our hospital. This includes employees, medical staff, volunteers, and affiliates. 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.

A full slate of activities is planned for 2013 at Kona Community Hospital, including an employee Spring Fling barbecue, Employee awards ceremony celebrating milestone years and retirees, Evening and Night Shift Appreciation and an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. All events are geared toward having fun, exhibiting hospital spirit, and recognizing the hard work that everyone contributes year-round.

Founded in 1914, KCH is a 94-bed full-service acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency department recently designated as a Level III trauma center supporting the west region of the island of Hawaii.

It is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a special agency of the state of Hawaii established in 1996. It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. KCH is dedicated to providing and enhancing accessible comprehensive healthcare services to the West Hawaii community.

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