National Hospital and Healthcare Week

May 7 to 13, 2006

It was the flu epidemic of 1918 that would set the stage for a newfound interest in American hospitals. Until then, hospitals were unfamiliar and mostly feared by the population at large.

In the aftermath of the flu epidemic with its more than 600,000 American deaths in one year, a Chicago magazine editor proposed a novel idea — hospitals would open their doors for one day to allow the public to see the modern advances in medicine. The anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday was chosen, and on May 12, 1921, America celebrated its first National Hospital Day. By 1953, the event had become National Hospital Week, lasting from May 7 to 13 in honor of Nightingale’s historic influence on patient care.

Eisenhower Medical Center is celebrating their physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers throughout National Hospital and Healthcare Week. Festivities include a Caribbean-themed Longevity Banquet, a Hawaiian Luau, 1950s-themed Root Beer Float Party and a specialty breakfast. Eisenhower Medical Center is proud of the selfless employees and personnel who bring excellence every day to every facet of health care at Eisenhower.