Monday, May 9, 2011

Champions of Care - National Hospital Week

Champion: A valiant fighter. A person who fights for another or for a cause. A defender, protector, or supporter. A winner of first place; excelling over all others.

Care: To feel concern or interest. To feel love or liking. Charge, protection, custody.

These are definitions from Mr. Webster's dictionary. If you looked in Mr. Linden's dictionary, you will find four words, "Grinnell Regional Medical Center." I am very proud to work with men and women who live these words every day.

In a small community like ours, it is very common to know our patients as friends, family members, and neighbors. This is true whether they come to us from Montezuma, Iowa or Montana; Brooklyn, Iowa or Brooklyn, New York. Our location on I-80 brings many travelers to our doors. Students from Grinnell College come from across the country and around the world. It's true that people from all walks of life come into this hospital seeking medical help. GRMC staff provide remarkable care for everyone as neighbors and friends.

This is National Hospital Week. It is a time to celebrate and honor the important role hospitals play in their communities. This year's theme is, "Champions of Care."GRMC employees give all they have to be a champion for those we are privileged to serve. Over and over, the quality of healthcare provided at GRMC is recognized as some of the best anywhere.

Please join us Saturday, May 14, from 7 to 10 a.m. for a community breakfast in the GRMC cafeteria to help us celebrate National Hospital Week. We'll be serving made-to-order omelets with help from our friends at the Iowa Egg Council. There will also be educational exhibits of some of the services provided through GRMC. We hope you will stop by the hospital on Saturday morning and let us make you breakfast.

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