Three Cheers for Hospital Week – Celebrating What, and Who, Makes HCGH Great

Howard County General Hospital 1972 Construction

Howard County General Hospital 1972 Construction

Each year in May, hospitals across the nation celebrate National Hospital Week, a time to reflect on what makes a hospital truly great. There are so many examples we can point to when talking about what makes us great – our infrastructure, advanced technology, our many community programs and services as well as the dedication to and delivery of superior patient care day in and day out. HCGH is more than a place where people go when they are sick. It’s a center of healing and a place of hope for so many people in Howard County. It’s the history we have with generations of families who have turned to the hospital for care for decades, and it is the people who deliver the care that make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

In honor of Hospital Week 2017, here are our top three reasons why HCGH is great. We hope that you’ll have a few reasons of your own as well and share them in the comments section.

  1. HCGH has a long history of delivering exceptional care. Did you know that HCGH is a 70s baby? The hospital was “born” in 1973 as a 59-bed hospital on the edge of farm land in a yet to be developed town called Columbia. We were known as The Columbia Hospital and Clinics Foundation. Since then, we’ve grown up a bit. Today, we are Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, a comprehensive, acute-care medical center with 264 licensed beds specializing in women’s and children’s services, surgery, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, gerontology, psychiatry, emergency services and community health education.
  2. HCGH is always there when called upon. On our first day of operation in 1973, the hospital had 36 patients in the emergency room and four patients admitted. Today, our staff interacts with more than 730 patients a day and evaluates and treats more than 78,000 people in the ED each year.
  3. Our people are the true greatness within. We’d be nothing without the amazing people who make up HCGH. If not for the commitment and collective efforts of HCGH’s 1,900 full and part-time employees, there wouldn’t be as much to celebrate during this commemorative week. From the front line care providers to all those who work behind the scenes, HCGH’s team works like a well-oiled machine to provide the highest level of patient care and extraordinary commitment to the community.
Howard County General Hospital Today

Howard County General Hospital Today

Who makes HCGH great?
Everyone from: physicians, nurses and clinical staff, environmental services technicians, telecommunications, radiology and diagnostic imaging, central transporters, central sterile processors, information technologists, case managers and social workers, oncology support staff, dietary services, maintenance and plant management, biomedical engineers, pathology and lab professionals, surgical services and documentation specialists, general stores and purchasing, finance and compliance, front desk staff, administrators, volunteers, and donors. The list of people who make HCGH great goes on, and on, and on.

Hospital Week is a time to celebrate just how far we have come in our mission of serving all patients with the highest quality care to improve the health of our community. The HCGH team ensures that the hospital remains ready and reliable to focus on the well-being of our community, now and for the future. We’d say that’s pretty great. Happy Hospital Week!

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