This past week we joined the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American Hospital Association in celebrating National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12) and National Hospital Week (May 9 – 15). This year more than ever, Americans recognize the life-saving service of hospitals, health systems and health care workers and the dedication they bring to caring for their communities.
More than 5 million people work in America’s health care industry. We would like to express our sincere admiration and thanks to everyone working in health care, especially those serving on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and those leading our member hospitals, keeping them safe and viable. For over a year, health care professionals have answered the call to care for patients in need. We are honored by the dedication the Washington health care community has brought to serving residents of our state. You have truly made a difference.
Nurses and other health care workers need our help. We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and follow public health guidance to protect themselves and their communities. These actions directly help to stop the spread of COVID-19, support the local health care system and get us closer to returning to normalcy. Throughout the pandemic, people have asked us, “How can I support health care workers?” We have said repeatedly that the best way to support and honor them is to do everything possible not to get sick with COVID-19. Please share that message with your community.