National Hospital Week 2020 provides the opportunity to highlight the adage of every hospital and health system in keeping their communities healthy – health comes first.  It is something we celebrate at this time every year, however as our frontline healthcare workers battle the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it holds much more significance.  More than 6 million people are employed by hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide, and given the unprecedented challenges they are facing today, this is the perfect time to say two very simple words:  Thank You.

With these simple but powerful words in mind, this year’s celebration of hospitals, health systems and health care workers is being celebrated through 'A Week of Thanks', where people across the country are thanking their healthcare heroes who go to work fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many across the country, New Hampshire hospitals and our frontline workers have adapted with strength and resilience in their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis on behalf of the patients and communities they serve.  Today and every day, they exemplify the Blue and White H of health, healing and hope, and the promise it makes to its community during these challenging times.

This week and every week, we remain inspired by the courage and selflessness that our healthcare heroes demonstrate every day on behalf of the patients they serve, and we thank you for all you are doing to keep your community safe and healthy.


Steve Ahnen is the president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association