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National Hospital Week at Parkland puts focus on patients

Public health employees often face a daunting task: the demand for healthcare services is high and the needs of patients, often the most vulnerable people in a community, are complex and challenging.

The staff of Parkland Health & Hospital System will take time during the second week of May to celebrate 2016 National Hospital Week, the nation’s largest healthcare event, by focusing on the care and compassion that plays a vital role in serving the community. This year’s theme, “Healthcare from the heart,” reflects the compassion and empathy of Parkland employees for serving people entrusted to their care.

Every day, thousands of people seek treatment from Parkland providers in the hospital, specialty clinics and neighborhood health centers located throughout Dallas County. Parkland staff stand ready 24/7, 365 to care for critically injured in the Rees-Jones Trauma Center or the only verified burn center in North Texas, those needing care in the state-of-the-art emergency department or to warmly welcome a newborn into this world. In fiscal 2015, Parkland recorded more than 240,000 visits to its emergency room and urgent care center and more than one million visits to the neighborhood and specialty outpatient clinics. In addition, 10,180 babies were delivered.

“The mission of Parkland is written in the hearts of Parkland employees – we are ‘dedicated to the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to our care,’” said Fred Cerise, MD, Parkland’s CEO. “I am privileged to witness and work alongside unsung heroes who come to work at Parkland facilities every day with a smile on their face and compassion in their hearts, because they love taking care of others and being of service. They are nurses, doctors, therapists, lab techs, medical assistants and thousands of others at Parkland who are committed to providing vital medical care to the community we are privileged to serve.”

National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was launched in Chicago to promote trust and goodwill among members of the public toward their local hospitals. Eventually, the celebration spread to facilities across the country.

For more information on the services provided at Parkland, please visit our website atwww.parklandhospital.com


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