Brookwood Baptist Health Celebrates National Nurses Week 2020

Community encouraged to participate in social media appreciation campaign

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (May 5, 2020) – Brookwood Baptist Health -including Brookwood, Citizens, Princeton, Shelby and Walker Baptist Medical Centers -honors their nurses during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), an annual celebration that recognizes the value of nursing. The theme this year, Compassion|Expertise|Trust, celebrates qualities in nursing that are perhaps more important today than ever before as nurses are serving on the front lines of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, but also one of the most challenging,” said Brookwood Baptist Health System CEO, Tim Puthoff. “During these extraordinary times, we couldn’t be more thankful for all of our nurses and the hard work they put in every day. This celebratory week is about paying tribute to them and the daily impact they have on our patients’ lives.”  

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The year 2020, Florence’s 200th birthday, has been declared the Year of the Nurse. Like Florence Nightingale, hundreds of thousands of nurses stand on the front lines of a pandemic. Today, as Florence Nightingale did in her time, our nurses’ represent a profession of advocacy and strength and are respected for their compassion and commitment to patient care. 

Nursing has been described as an art and a science that embraces dedicated people with varied interests and strengths because of the many opportunities the field offers. Our nurses have many roles – from staff nurse to nursing leader and educator to nurse practitioner – and they serve these roles with a passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.

During National Nurses Week, hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the country are encouraged to educate the public about the role nurses play in caring for our community. 

“Our hospitals recognize, acknowledge and trust the strong commitment, compassion, expertise and care our nurses display in their practice and profession,” said Brookwood Baptist Health Chief Nursing Officer, Robbie Hindman. “Now more than ever, they truly make a difference in the lives of our community.”

In keeping with social distancing protocols and maintaining no gatherings of 10 or more people, Brookwood Baptist Health is excited to launch its Nurses Week 2020 social media campaign as a way for the community to join us and share in highlighting and thanking our healthcare heroes on the front lines. To participate, please make a sign thanking a certain nurse or nurses in general, take a photo of yourself holding your sign and submit the photo via Facebook Messenger using any of our hospitals’ Facebook pages. Photos will be shared on our social media platforms throughout Nurses Week and shared internally with our teams. 

About Brookwood Baptist Health

With roots extending nearly 100 years, Brookwood Baptist Health includes trusted providers from the former Brookwood Medical Center and Baptist Health System and is operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. Representing the largest healthcare network in Central Alabama, the network’s community of care is comprised of five acute care hospitals with more than 1,700 licensed beds: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Walker Baptist Medical Center and Citizens Baptist Medical Center. Brookwood Baptist Health also provides patients with the largest primary care network in the state, along with physician practices, diagnostic and outpatient surgery centers and a freestanding emergency department. Brookwood Baptist Health is united in service and devotion to the people of Central Alabama and dedicated to putting people back at the center of healthcare. 

For more information, visit www.BrookwoodBaptistHealth.com

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