Published on May 06, 2019

Celebrating National Nurses and Hospital Week

It’s the week of May 6 through 12 and it’s time to celebrate nurses and hospital staff as part of Nurses’ Week and Hospital Week.

This week was chosen as nurses’ week in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale is credited as the founder of modern nursing for her groundbreaking work during the Crimean War in 1854 and later establishing a nursing school in London, the first such secular school in the world.

Nightingale and her team of nurses was credited with improving the conditions of soldiers in Crimea and reducing the mortality rates of the soldiers in their car from 50 percent to as l9ow as 2 percent.

Her nightly rounds earned her the nickname “Lady with the Lamp.”

Nightingale’s birthday falls on May 12.

Dovetailing with Nurses’ Week this year is Hospital Week, also traditionally celebrated during the week of Nightingale’s birthday.

The first Hospital Week was celebrated in 1921 in Chicago, about a month before catastrophe would hit Pueblo and lead to founding of Parkview Medical Center.

Parkview Medical Center’s founding dates back to 1923, but it was a direct response to the Great Flood of June 1921.

The natural disaster cut off the north and south sides of Pueblo from each other and there was no hospital service on the North Side of Pueblo. Many flood victims on the North Side would perish because of the lack of hospital services north of the Arkansas River.

Fast forward 86 years and Parkview Medical Center is the leader in providing health care and hospital services in Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado, employing more than 3,000 people.

Hospital week celebrates you and all the hard work you do for the hospital and our community.

“Parkview’s legacy as a crucial component to Pueblo and Southern Colorado’s health care wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated professionals who work here. Nurse provide the front line of patient care, but the hospital can’t function without our environmental staff, dieticians and dietary staff, patient transport, valet, lab technicians and phlebotomists, therapists  coding and business office professionals, IT specialists, clerical workers and many more,” said President and CEO Leslie Barnes. “Parkview Medical Center is a big place and stronger of the work everybody does here.”

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.