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Rep. Capuano Recognizes National Hospital Week

May 16, 2002

"Mr. Speaker,"

"It is with great pleasure that I rise today to recognize May 12-18, 2002 as National Hospital Week. This year's theme, "Where Miracles Happen Every Day" is a fitting tribute to our nation's hospitals and their dedicated staffs of health care professionals. This week, we should all recognize the service of these health care workers, volunteers and other professionals who are committed to providing quality care to communities throughout the country."

"National Hospital Week was first celebrated eighty years ago in an effort to encourage more Americans to rely on the care provided at health care facilities. It has now become a powerful way to honor a remarkable industry. This year, we celebrate the impact of quality health care on our nation's families."

"Hospitals are at the cutting edge of our health care system. From supporting groundbreaking research in new therapies to advancing new technologies in patient care, hospitals are at the forefront of diagnosing, understanding, treating, curing and preventing disease. These continuing improvements in medical care have helped patients recover faster from injuries and sickness while allowing many people to live happier and healthier lives."

"I believe that it is important to recognize our health care system and the instrumental role it plays in ensuring quality, comprehensive care is all of our communities. From life saving surgeries to routine physicals, hospitals continuously provide quality health care to patients and their families."

"The people of my Congressional District are fortunate to have some of the best research, teaching and community hospitals right in their backyard. Patients from New England, across the nation, and throughout the world come to these care centers seeking hope for better lives. Those of us from the Boston region must never take these hospitals and their staffs for granted. National Hospital Week is the perfect opportunity to recognizing the miracles that are performed in these hospitals each day. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me as we celebrate National Hospital Week and recognize the success and dedication of our nation's hospitals."

"Thank you."