Ottumwa, IA…  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.  Ottumwa Regional Health Center opts to celebrate Hospital Month versus just one week each May.  “This is the time that we celebrate our patients, community, organizations, businesses and each other in bringing quality healthcare to the region,” states Phil Dionne, CEO at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.    Mr Dionne continues on to say’ “it is a celebration of people as we are 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.”

Enter the Celebration is the theme that ORHC chose this year.  “It represents inviting the community to participate in several events in May and also allows our staff to celebrate internally’” states Suzie Wood, Executive Director of Development.  Wood continues, “it a is our way of saying thank you to everyone.”

This is the nation’s largest health care event each year.  It dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals.  The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

The upcoming public events at ORHC in May will include:

  • May 1-  Annual Auxiliary Breakfast in the cafeteria from 630am -9am
  • May 9-  Community Lecture Series on Wound and Hyperbaric Care at 530pm in the conference rooms
  • May 11-  ORHC/Ottumwa Courier Ice Cream Social on the front lawn of the hospital from 1-3pm
  • May 13-  Wound Care Open House on the unit from 1-4pm
  • May 13- ORHC Blood Drive from 7am to noon in the conference rooms
  • May 24-  Sleep Lab Open House at the Sleep Lab from 1-4pm