Powell Valley Healthcare Celebrates National Hospital Week
Written by Caleb Nelson on May 11, 2022
Members of the Powell Medical Foundation were serving root beer floats in the cafeteria of the Powell Valley Healthcare center to thank nursing and support staff as part of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week.
From delivering babies to assisting in the emergency room and caring for the elderly, nurses shoulder the responsibility for some of the most difficult and distressing tasks in the medical profession. As essential healthcare workers, nurses are often the first point of contact for patients.
Executive Director of the Foundation, Megan Pfefferle, commented on the event saying, “The Foundation is doing root beer floats today as a way of thanking the staff here not only for – they support us at the Foundation a lot – but for what they do every day for the hospital but more importantly for our community.”
Powell Valley Healthcare employs almost 500 employees and Pfefferle describes their contribution, saying, “That’s a huge impact to our community from a care perspective and in terms of the economic impact.”
The nursing staff grabbed floats and took a moment to converse with coworkers. Board members shared laughs and smiles as people moved through the float line. “I love doing these things, these are the fun things,” Pfefferle says.
“It’s a great way for the Foundation Board to interact with the people we’re raising money for,” Pfefferle adds.
Marketing & Community Relations Director Jim Cannon says, “We celebrate National Healthcare Week this week every year. We’ve done it for a long time.”
In addition to National Hospital Week, it’s also “National Nursing Week,” Jim explains. The two events overlap for a “double celebration.”
The Foundation works hard to make Powell Valley Healthcare the provider of choice. Jim thanked the Foundation for their support over the years, saying, “they’ve done barbeques, today they’re doing root beer floats, we’ve had lots of support from the Foundation.” Cannon has been with the hospital for almost 25 years.
In terms of the two events (National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week), Jim says, “Healthcare is very important to all of us – we all need healthcare – and being able to recognize the great people who provide it for our communities, it’s just a good thing.”