R 237
2021 -- H 6304
Enacted 05/06/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Fenton-Fung, Casimiro, McGaw, Chippendale, Filippi, Shallcross Smith, Giraldo, and Batista

Date Introduced: May 06, 2021

     WHEREAS, National Hospital Day was set aside in honor of Florence Nightingale, the
woman who made nursing a respectable profession and who revolutionized the way hospitals
were run. The May 12th observance was expanded to a week-long event in 1953, so that hospitals
could use it to plan and implement more extensive public information programs, and is currently
sponsored by the American Hospital Association; and
     WHEREAS, National Hospital Week 2021 celebrates "Inspiring Hope through Healing"
and the hospitals, health systems, and the women and men who support the health and well-being
of their communities through dedication and care from the heart; and
     WHEREAS, The more than 6,090 hospitals across the country are an economic mainstay
employing more than 6.2 million persons across the United States; and
     WHEREAS, Hospitals in Rhode Island have generated 40,980 jobs and contributed $6.7
billion to our local economies, dispensing a significant impact on both community health and the
economy at large; and
     WHEREAS, Providing everything from emergency care, labor and delivery, minor
surgery and specialized care, hospitals big and small fill a vital need in our communities and
every nurse, doctor, practitioner and staff member are essential in the compassionate delivery of
the much needed quality services; and
     WHEREAS, National Hospital Week is a time to raise awareness of the importance of
hospitals and health systems and to highlight the critical role hospitals and healthcare
professionals have in our local communities; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
recognizes May 9th through May 15th as "National Hospital Week" and acknowledges and
thanks Rhode Island's healthcare professionals for working diligently to provide countless men,
women, and families with quality health services and for building a brighter tomorrow for future
generations; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Teresa Paiva Weed, President of the Hospital
Association of Rhode Island.