GCH celebrates National Hospital Week


GRAFTON—For 103 years, Grafton City Hospital has been providing quality care to the residents of Taylor County, and they would like to welcome the community to help them celebrate National Hospital Week.

On Monday, Mayor of Grafton Peggy Knotts Barney visited the hospital to read a proclamation in honor of National Hospital Week.

Barney voiced that hospitals are the crucial “front line” for the health care and the curative needs of all Americans.

She urged all residents to express their appreciations for the people, facilities and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable health care possible in the community and at Grafton City Hospital where they are “Celebrating Hope and Healing.”

Many may agree, a hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope.

From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2019 National Hospital Week theme “Celebrating Hope and Healing.”

The event theme, announced earlier, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 12 - 18 celebration.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” expressed Pat Shaw, administrator of Grafton City Hospital. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals.

The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

In the last 100 years, much has changed in the world of medicine since Grafton City Hospital first opened their doors to the public. However, one thing has not changed, and that is the commitment of the staff and management of Grafton City Hospital, the commitment to giving the residents and guests of Taylor County the best healthcare possible.

To help show support, the staff at Grafton City Hospital would like the community to join them celebrating National Hospital Week this week.

To mark the occasion, Grafton City Hospital has a full slate of activities planned for the week including tours of the facility, annual employee recognition dinner, health information for the public from various department and many more activities.

One way to help in the celebration and help your health is to visit the Spring Health Fair which will be held two days only, Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, from 6:00-9:00 a.m.

An appointment is not necessary to participate in this semi-annual fair. The staff asks individuals to remember, these are fasting test so don’t eat or drink 12 hours prior to having your blood drawn.

All tests will be forwarded to your home address and will be your responsibility to forward your results to your personal physician. There is no physician referral needed and the health fair is open to the public.

The cost of the blood analysis Executive Profile D, a total of 36 tests, is $30. This test checks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, electrolyte balance, liver disease, kidney disease, anemia, thyroid function and other health needs.

There are several additional single blood analysis tests available for an additional fee. For $15, men can have a PSA test completed. Also available for $15 is a Hemoglobin A-1C test, this is a blood analysis for diabetics. An Arthritis screen is also available for $10. A Vitamin D level test is available for $30.

All tests must be paid for at time of service with cash, check or credit card, as they will not bill insurances or Medicaid and Medicare during the Health Fair.

Grafton City Hospital is proud to be able to offer these minimally priced services to the community and encourages residents to participate.

Anyone with questions may contact Nicholas M. Jachelski, Laboratory Department Manager, Violet Shaw, DON of Acute Care or Tammy Barcus, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at 304-265-0400.

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