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HRMC, Coastal Plains Celebrate National Hospital Week

VARNVILLE, S.C. (May 21, 2020) - A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal; it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That is the message touted by organizers for the 2020 National Hospital Week theme, "Where Health Comes First."

During National Hospital Week (May 10-16, 2020), Hampton Regional Medical Center (HRMC) joined hospitals across the nation in highlighting health care workers, and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Now more than ever, the essential role health care workers play in the health and well-being of our society is clearer than ever," said Dave Hamill, CEO, HRMC. "Whether on the front line or behind the scenes, our employees stand resilient in the face of adversity to continue providing exceptional healthcare services to our patients. It is an honor to recognize our dedicated heroes, who go above and beyond the call of duty each day to save lives and create stories of hope in our community."

The nation's largest health care event 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 goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

Amid unprecedented challenges this year due to COVID-19, HRMC and Coastal Plains held a fun-filled celebration for employees. The organization thanks their Hospital Week sponsors - CAPTRUST, Rotary Club of Hampton County and Debbie Elrod, State Farm Insurance Agent - for their support. Throughout the week, staff enjoyed delicious treats and fun activities, to include a visit from the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) Healthcare Heroes truck and a "Salute to Healthcare Heroes" parade organized by the Yemassee Police Department.

"There are no words to adequately express how appreciative we are for the outpouring of love and support received from our community," said Hamill. "As we continue to cope with the effects of COVID-19, we want our community to know Hampton Regional and Coastal Plains are here and well-equipped to handle any health concern. We have comprehensive infection control policies and procedures in place to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and patients. The community can take comfort in knowing our healthcare heroes are committed to putting the health of our patients first, ensuring safe access to care in a safe environment close to home."

About Hampton Regional Medical Center

Hampton Regional Medical Center in affiliation with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health is a progressive, friendly community hospital; the hospital has provided comprehensive, high-quality patient care to residents throughout the region since 1950. Ever-evolving medical services at the hospital include but are not limited to on-site 24-hour emergency care, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services, dietary counseling and education, laboratory, surgery, and rehabilitation. The hospital campus includes two medical office buildings that house Coastal Plains Physician Associates and Primary Care. The multi-specialty physician group offers services in primary care medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, and radiology. Additionally, the hospital works with physician specialists from around the state to provide on-site appointments in various areas including neurology, podiatry, ophthalmology, oncology, and urology.