This week is National Hospital and Healthcare Worker week, which provides a great opportunity to reflect on the impact hospitals and the people who deliver health care have on their communities.
At Saint Alphonsus, we see our hospitals as more than a collection of buildings where people come for their health care. Our hospitals and healthcare providers are involved in the community, engaging people in living healthy and full lives.
One good example of this is our Meet Me Monday program in downtown Boise, where we invite the community to walk a one, two, or three mile route with us each Monday evening. This fitness program combines healthy physical activity with social interaction, and fosters an environment that promotes longevity and disease prevention.
The same goes for our 32nd annual Capitol Classic coming up on June 7. This one-mile foot race is open to kids of all abilities from ages 6 to 14. Thousands of kids experience the unique opportunity to run down Capitol Boulevard, starting from the Boise Depot and finishing at the State Capitol, enjoying the benefits of exercise with kids their own age.
Our hospitals host free screenings and discussions on health issues, as well. Skin cancer, mammography, bone density, and lipid information are just some of the screenings offered throughout the year.
Our hospitals are also the place where meetings are held and plans are made with other community-minded organizations. For example, Saint Alphonsus and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health with their High Five Children’s Health Collaborative teamed up on GoNoodle, a desk-side physical activity program for school kids – provided free of charge to southern Idaho schools.
In addition to our community events, our hospitals put a priority in providing compassionate and quality care to everyone who comes through our doors. We continually invest in training, resources, and technology to offer the best care possible.
Our biggest investment is also the most important – our people. The healthcare workers in our hospitals, clinics and other facilities take great pride in providing compassionate care. These men and women are dedicated to improving health – and they are extremely good at it, I might add.
While having a new facility like the Birkeland Maternity Center and the Heart Center we opened earlier this year at I-84 and Garrity Boulevard is wonderful, it is only a start to great care. That comes from all of our people who work to deliver a healthcare experience that exceeds a patient’s expectations, and keeps the health needs of their community a priority.
So please take the time to thank your health
care provider for the work they do on behalf of so many. They deserve it.