Hospital Week, an observance every May, is the nation’s largest health care event and dates back to 1921. The week-long events and celebrations that took place at four Arbour Health System hospitals were a way of thanking employees and an opportunity to raise funds for selected charities.
Festivities included theme days such as Cultural Heritage Day, Sports Day, Country Western Day and Patriotic Day. Employees were free to wear theme clothing or a t-shirt to match.
There were special treats and meals like Breakfast All Day, Pastries and Coffee, Waffles and Toppings, Western Barbecue, Taco Tuesday, Milk and Cookies Day, and Popcorn and Sodas.
Events like a Yoga Class, Chicken Wing Bake-off and a Senior Leadership Car Wash were held.
Drives and fund-raising included those for clothing and books for patients, canned goods for local food pantries, toiletries for domestic violence shelters and supplies for animal shelters. Funds were also raised for national charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Gifts were given out and raffles for prizes held. For example, Pembroke Hospital held raffles for gift certificates for Whale Watching, Formula I Car Racing, Six Flags New England amusement park and the Cape Codder Resort & Spa.
From AHS News, May/June 2016