Local facilities observe National Hospital Week

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Special to the Daily Mail

Those who serve at Nevada Regional Medical Center dedicate their lives to caring for our community.

To recognize them and their commitment, NRMC joins hospitals and nursing homes across the county to celebrate National Hospital and Nursing Home Week, May 8-14.

Nurses at Nevada Regional Medical Center were honored Friday with a free breakfast and a ceremony of the blessing of the hands. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Cox of the First Baptist Church. Sara Lawhorne, NRMC Community Relations, said that the hospital wanted to give something back to the group that did so much to make the hospital successful. "Breakfast for the nursing staff is just our way of saying thank you to them," Lawhorne said. From left to right are director of nursing Charlene Clause, Joy Jeffries, Ellen Dean, Kenna Elliott (behind Dean), Chastity McCullough and Jama Bogart.

"Helping others is a calling," Norman Tuomi, president of the NRMC Board, said. "The talented individuals who work and volunteer at NRMC spend every day meeting the needs of the young and old, men and women, of all economic backgrounds. National Hospital and Nursing Home Week is truly a time to celebrate the special individuals that give of their time and talent, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, both inside and outside the walls of their hospital

"People have long turned to Nevada Regional Medical Center in times of illness."

According to Judy Feuquay, hospital president/CEO, "We have a special responsibility to not just cure illness, but to help prevent it to improve the health and well being of the community. That is why we are constantly working to identify unmet community health needs and develop programs and services to address them."

From preventive care to educational programs to charity work, NRMC takes an active role to help the physical, mental, psychological and social health of all people in the community, officials said.

The May 8-14 celebration recognizes the work of hospitals and nursing homes and promotes greater awareness in the community through public tours, activities and educational programs.

NRMC community events held in conjunction with National Hospital and Nursing Home Week include a cookout for residents and families at Moore-Few, Tai Chi classes beginning on May 10, an open house for the new Women's Diagnostic Imaging Clinic. and a Community Health Fair at Elks Lodge on May 14.

For more information, call (417) 448-3801.

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