National Hospital Week 2021
The earliest hospitals in cultures across the world were started in religious communities by people who were deeply motivated by their faith to care for the needs of those who were sick, destitute, and dying.
In Adventist HealthCare, we claim this tradition as our own. The hospitals that make up our faith-based, values-centric healthcare system are among the hundreds of hospitals that are operational today. This has been part of the faith and practice of Adventists since 1866, and our own heritage of healthcare service here in the mid-Atlantic dates back more than 100 years. For us, the continuing significance of faith-based healthcare is part of what we celebrate during National Hospital Week.
The development of hospitals as centers for treatment and care helped facilitate the development of skilled care in which physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, and many others work together to treat illness and disease and also to promote wellness and community health.
During National Hospital Week, it is a privilege to celebrate these institutions that are making a difference in the health, lives, and future of our communities. In focusing on our hospitals, we recognize the incredible array of people who come together each day to care for the sick and to promote growth and wellness.
I am proud to be a part of the Adventist HealthCare community. It is an honor and a privilege for Adventist HealthCare to celebrate National Hospital Week, where our mission to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing is happening every day.