Memorial Hospital Celebrates National Hospital Week

May 15, 2015

Martinsville, Va. (May 15, 2015) –Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County joined hospitals and health care facilities across the nation to celebrate National Hospital Week  May 11-15. 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. Fittingly, the theme of this year’s celebration was “Making Miracles Happen”. 

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said MaDena DuChemin, Director of Human Resources at Memorial Hospital.  “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.” 

Memorial Hospital’s National Hospital Week events included town hall meetings, free food, a game day, a talent show sing-off, and awards for hospital employees. On Wednesday, May 13, Memorial Hospital recognized a total of 101 employees ranging from five to fifty-five years of service, as well as six retirees during the annual Service Awards. The group represented a combined 1770 years of service to the hospital.  James Williams, the hospital’s longest serving employee, was recognized for over 55 years of service. 

“Memorial Hospital is more than just a healthcare provider in our community,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “We are neighbors, family members and friends to our patients, which make us that much more invested in making our community healthier. This week’s events are a small way to honor our employees for their time, energy and devotion. 

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

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County 

Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information, visit