Organizers say National Hospital Week isn't a celebration of health care's most recognizable buildings - it's a celebration of the miracles that happen inside them.
"The medical profession is making miraculous strides in so many areas," said Doug Keir, CEO of McDuffie Regional. "We're able to offer many patients new hope that eluded us even a few years ago. This is a place of new beginnings, and we are all fortunate to be part of it."
This inspiring side of medicine is depicted in the National Hospital Week theme for 2006, "Where Miracles Happen Every Day." The annual event, slated for May 7-13, is designed to unite hospitals and highlight their role in communities from coast to coast.
National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a communitywide celebration would alleviate public fears about the facilities. The idea caught on, and today National Hospital Week is the nation's largest annual health care event.
For more information, call McDuffie Regional Medical Center at (706)597-5404.