National Hospital Week

Apr 24, 2018 /


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 2018 National Hospital Week theme “Caring is Our Calling.” The event theme is the centerpiece of a campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 6–12 celebration.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Tom Nordwick, administrator of Uvalde Memorial Hospital, said.

“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 our communities. Above all, our patients come first and National Hospital Week is a time to celebrate our patients, our presence in the community, and our ability and desire to serve,” Nordwick added.

A full slate of community activities is planned at UMH to celebrate, including:

  • Free A1C testing on Monday, May 7 from 8am-11am in the Registration Lobby
  • 9thAnnual Wellness 5k and 10k Run/Walk on Tuesday, May 8 from 5-7pm in the ICU Parking Lot
  • Free A1C testing on Monday, May 7 from 3pm-6pm in the Registration Lobby
  • Teddy Bear Clinic on Thursday, May 10 from 3pm-6pm in the Social Services Wing

The hospital will also celebrate with internal events for employees such as an Exec Breakfast where the hospital’s executive staff will kick off the week serving a free breakfast to employees, a Taste of the Town luncheon where hospital directors will each make a dish for staff to try, an ice cream social and scrub relay races.

Hospital employees also partake in a friendly “Fill Your Exec’s Office” competition during National Hospital Week. For this competition, a non-profit organization within the community is selected as the recipient of a hospital-wide donation. Then, different work groups within UMH compete against each other to see who can gather the most goods to donate by filling their executives’ offices.

For more information, contact Karla Radicke at (830) 278-6251 extension 1037 or

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