121205_Riverside_Care_Difference_Signature_Mark_RCDA 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 supporting the health and well-being of the communities they serve, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. At Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, National Hospital Week is about those who live the mission of caring for others as they would care for those we love.

The nation's largest health care event, National Hospital Week, 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.

Locally, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital will be celebrating with patient and visitor hospitality and appreciation, blessings of the hands ceremonies and various other celebratory events throughout the week. "We recognize the important role each and every member of our staff plays in keeping our patients safe and helping them heal" says Megan Kleckner, Vice President/Administrator of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.

Riverside Health System is holding activities throughout the week in celebration of those who matter most, our patients and those who care for them. Please join Riverside in thanking all those who are dedicated to caring for others as they would care for those they love.

Published: May 10, 2013