Each year during the second week of May, The University of Toledo joins the country in celebrating the medical community for National Hospital Week.
UT is hosting events from Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16.
According to the American Hospital Association, the week is meant to recognize hospitals and the individuals who “day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication.”
“At UTMC, we never forget that it’s our dedicated team of people who make us strong. We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals — nurses, therapists, engineers, clerical workers, physicians, food service workers, security, volunteers, administrators and so many more — for their commitment,” said Dr. Carl Sirio, vice president for medical affairs and associate dean for clinical affairs. “Because of them, UTMC is a place of hope.”
The first National Hospital Day was on May 12, 1921, on nurse and public activist Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The event was changed to a weeklong celebration in 1953.
Events at UTMC will include a kickoff at the Four Seasons Bistro, where cupcakes and beverages will be served to hospital staff members Monday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event will include a meet-and-greet with David Morlock, UT executive vice president for finance and CEO of UT Medical Center, and Sirio.
Hospital leadership will hand out cupcakes and beverages in the bistro from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and in the basement of Dowling Hall near Campus Police Tuesday, May 13, from 1 to 2:30 a.m.
Hospital leadership also will hand out ice cream at the Four Seasons Bistro Thursday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 5:30 p.m. They will offer frozen treats in the basement of Dowling Hall near Campus Police Friday, May 16, from 1 to 2:30 a.m.