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Celebrating National Hospital Week With Community BBQ

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal. It is part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. That’s the message Roosevelt Medical Center and organizers are touting with the 2019 National Hospital Week theme “Celebrating Hope and Healing.” The event theme, which was announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the weeklong celebration beginning Sunday, May 12..
“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said Audrey Stromberg, administrator for Roosevelt Medical Center. “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,” Stromberg added.
The nation’s largest health care event dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate fears about hospitals. The celebration first launched in Chicago, Ill., and succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.
A full slate of activities is planned at RMC, including daily games for prizes, treats and a carnival luncheon. Since Wednesday, May 1, those who follow RMC on Facebook have been able to hear stories from staff about why they are passionate about working in healthcare in frontier Montana.
A free community barbecue will take place on May 16 on the back patio. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Several raffle prizes will be given away.
“Roosevelt Medical Center is more than just the healthcare provider in our community,” said Jody Lizotte, director of nursing. “We are neighbors, family members and friends to our patients, which makes us that much more invested in making our community healthier. This week’s events are a small way to honor our staff for their time, energy and devotion,” said Lizotte.