Join us in honoring health-care stars

June 07, 2008

To the editor:

The nation's 6,000 hospitals and 5 million health-care workers provide critical services at a time when people are most in need of assistance. Washington County Health System has almost 3,000 employees. We have some of the very best health-care providers, including physicians and nurses, as well as radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, nutrition, and respiratory healthcare professionals. All of them are focused on providing quality patient care in a safe and comfortable environment.

Every year, Washington County Health System honors our health system employees for the vital work they do in protecting the health of the citizens of our community.

Last year, they cared for more than 18,000 patients who were admitted to the hospital. Our emergency department and urgent care centers at Robinwood and Pennsylvania Avenue had 88,284 patient visits. There were more than 260,000 visits to our outpatient services, including the John R. Marsh Cancer Center and Total Rehab Care at Robinwood. Our physician practices saw 122,746 patient visits, while the outpatient lab sites did almost 1.6 million procedures.


Our health-care providers are not alone in serving our patients. Behind them stands an army of specialists in environmental services, facilities maintenance, health information management, food service, communications, education, information services, finance and payroll, and many others. Although they may not be visible to our patients, their services are critical to patient care. They too are deeply committed to providing the best service possible.

During Health System Week, we thank these dedicated individuals who are the essence of health care in our community. They give their time, their knowledge, their skills, and their energy to ensure that every patient has the help they need to reach optimum health.

Best wishes for good health,

James P. Hamill
President and CEO
Washington County Health System

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