On May 7th the Dare County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 6 – 12th “Hospital Week in Dare County.” Chairman of The Outer Banks Hospital’s Board of Directors, Bob Middlebrooks, and hospital President Van Smith, accepted the proclamation from the Commissioners.

National Hospital Week began in 1921 and has grown into the nation’s largest annual health care event. The May celebration recognizes the work of hospitals and promotes greater awareness in the community. “Before hospital build healthy communities, they build trust,” said Middlebrooks. “That’s the theme of this year’s celebration – Care You Count On, People You Trust.”

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 good will among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said Smith. “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 community.”

The Outer Banks Hospital is a private, not-for-profit acute care hospital with medical services including emergency services, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, labor & delivery, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, laboratory, blood bank and radiology testing. Founded in 2002, The Outer Banks Hospital is a fully-accredited general acute care facility with accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.