National Hospital Week Celebrates Every Day Heroes

May 7, 2018

Each year, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the more than 5 million healthcare professionals who provide safe, high quality healthcare in their communities. On May 6-12, HOSPITAL Sovah Health joins the American Hospital Association in celebrating these “Every Day Heroes” for their dedication, compassion and commitment to excellence.

“Our people are the heartbeat of our hospital,” said Michael Ehrat, Chief Executive Officer of Sovah Health - Martinsville. “From our physicians, nurses and clinical teams, to our greeters, food service employees and environmental services staff, our talented employees work hard each and every day to deliver compassionate, high quality care and make our patients and their families feel as comfortable as possible during their visit. I am so thankful for their relentless commitment to advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

National Hospital Week also recognizes the many contributions that hospitals and health systems make in their communities, beyond providing healthcare services. In our own community, Sovah Health is a vital contributor to Southern Virginia’s economic health, providing jobs for over 750 individuals, giving more than $6 million in charity care in the last year and sponsoring a number of local organizations and philanthropic events, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County, Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health & Wellness and the Smith River Sports Complex.

“We are honored to call Martinsville home and to be an economic and philanthropic leader here,” Ehrat said. “I am so grateful for our ability to enhance the overall well-being of our community through the contributions we make – both inside and outside our hospital walls – and I am so proud of our employees who help make those contributions possible. They are an extraordinary team of individuals, and I am honored to work alongside them, not just during National Hospital Week, but year-round. They truly are our “Every Day Heroes.”