This week, we join one of the nation’s largest health care events in celebrating National Hospital Week, to thank the dedicated individuals who work in hospitals for their contributions and commitment to the health and wellness of their communities.   

The theme for this year’s National Hospital Week is Caring is our Calling, and that couldn’t be a better mantra for the more than 65,000 individuals that work in hospitals throughout New Hampshire.   

Hospitals demonstrate their unwavering commitment to serving their communities in sickness and in health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  But a hospital is more than a place where people go to heal; it is part of the community that fosters health, inspires wellness and represents hope.  That is the promise that the blue and white “H” delivers to every patient, every family, in every community.  From providing compassionate medical care within their facilities to engaging in collaborations with community health partners, hospitals exist as the cornerstones of health and wellness throughout our state.  

This year, National Hospital Week coincides with National Nurses Week, providing us with the opportunity to say thank you to our nurses for their commitment and dedication to protecting, promoting and improving health care for their patients when they need it most.  Every day, nurses inspire, innovate and influence, serving at the front lines of organizations that deliver compassionate, quality care to patients.

There is one resource that is essential to a hospital’s success:  the men and women who deliver quality, compassionate health care to their patients every day. Their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to excellence are a direct testament of their commitment to the health and well-being of New Hampshire, and we remain ever thankful for the vital role they play in keeping New Hampshire healthy.


Steve Ahnen