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People are the Cornerstone of Making Communities Healthier
May 7, 2018
SageWest Health Care 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 SageWest Health Care plays an important role in providing a quality patient experience for members of our community, according to Alan Daugherty, chief executive officer of SageWest Health Care.
“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” Daugherty says. “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 made more than $2 million in capital improvements, including a remodel of our surgery department, surgical equipment and instruments, a radiology and fluoroscopy room and advanced fetal and infant support and monitoring.
Inviting the best physicians into our community and supporting them also is a key driver of our efforts to ensure access to high quality care and service. During the past year, SageWest added four providers in emergency medicine; general surgery; anesthesia; and orthopedic surgery, with hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgeries.
National Hospital Week also recognizes the many contributions that hospitals and health systems make in their communities, beyond providing healthcare services. In our own community, SageWest Health Care is a vital contributor to central Wyoming’s economic health, providing jobs for 357 individuals, giving more than $6.29 million in charity care in the last year and sponsoring more than 40 local organizations and philanthropic events last year.
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,” Daugherty 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.”