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BBQ to Celebrate National Hospital Week
May 10, 2012

Employee BBQ


Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week (May 6 -12, 2012), the nation’s largest health care event, is a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals that make our facilities beacons of confidence and care. The annual event provides advantages throughout the year including staff retention, improved recruitment, better departmental interaction, a more satisfied workplace and increased awareness throughout the community. This year’s theme, Making Miracles Happen, reminds our communities of the important work performed inside hospitals.

In Clay Center, we use this week to celebrate the contributions of all departments. On May 10th, the hospital board members and our CEO put on aprons and grill brats, hamburgers and pork burgers for all the employees on both shifts. The menu includes potato salad, baked beans, relish tray and ice cream. Richard Cott, a member of the board provides the pork burgers for us. We put out red and white checked table cloths in the dining room and if the weather permits, a lot of people will eat outside on the picnic tables.

The barbecue has become a tradition and employees look forward to each year. Our CEO gets the grill going early and the board members take time away from their day jobs to stand outside in the rain or heat at the grill to express their thanks for the efforts and dedication employees put forth in making the hospital successful.

Kansas Hospitals and Their Valuable Contributions

The 127 Kansas community hospitals provide vital health care services to our communities.  Annually they staff nearly 10,000 beds; they see more than 318,000 inpatient visits (140,000 Medicare and 47,000 Medicaid); they assist in more than 40,000 births; they provide care during nearly 7 million outpatient visits; and see more than 1 million visits to Kansas emergency departments.

Not only do our hospitals serve thousands of individuals, keeping our communities healthy, strong and vibrant, hospitals also benefit the financial health of our state. In Kansas, hospitals employ 73,890 people or 3.4 percent of all job holders and generate $4.2 billion in direct total income. In these challenging economic times, our hospitals support the creation of an additional 57,330 jobs in other business and industry and have a total employment impact of more than 131,000 jobs. For every one dollar of income generated in the hospital sector, another 48 cents is generated in other businesses and industries in the state’s economy; thus, having an estimated total impact on income throughout all business and industry of more than $6.3 billion.