National Park Medical Center Marks National Hospital Week, Honors Healthcare Heroes 

NPMC Staff watch as the Team Little Rock 19th Airlift Wing and 913th Airlift Group perform their Flyover Salute to front-line COVID-19 responders on May 8.

Hot Springs, Arkansas (May 8, 2020)  – National Park Medical Center is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Joann Ettien, interim chief executive officer (CEO) of NPMC. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

National Park Medical Center will be marking the national observance with a celebratory meal and goodies, and community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at www.thankahealthcarehero.com.

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of the Hot Springs region all year long. From welcoming 14 new providers and expanding services, to investing $3.1 Million in new clinical technology and facility improvements, National Park Medical Center is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization has more than 800 staff and contributed more than $5.5 Million in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including local chapters of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, Kamo’s Kids Foundation, Greater Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village area Chambers of Commerce, The Jackson House, Hot Springs YMCA, All Garland County school districts, and more.  Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, NPMC provided nearly $28.5 Million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“Hot Springs is a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Ettien. “As we celebrate National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”

About National Park Medical Center

National Park Medical Center is a 166-bed full-service acute care hospital located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Our mission is simple: Making Communities Healthier.  We are a part of the LifePoint Health family of hospitals, which means we aim to create a place where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work.  Our core values are honesty, integrity & trustworthiness, inclusion, compassion and legal/ethical compliance.  Our hospital’s Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates our commitment to meeting the highest national standards for quality and safety.