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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Virginia Hospital Week

WHEREAS, public health is critical to sustaining and improving the Commonwealth; and,

WHEREAS, a hallmark of Virginia’s public health network is the extensive collaboration among its hospitals and health systems and with external partners and stakeholders to advance community health and well-being; and,

WHEREAS, frontline caregivers in hospitals and health systems throughout the Commonwealth have responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic and have shown great resilience in the face of a public health threat while working tirelessly and selflessly to keep Virginians safe and healthy; and,

WHEREAS, health care professionals at Virginia hospitals have worked to administer COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics to Virginians; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia hospitals continue to provide pandemic-related care as well as address other pressing public health needs including both physical medical treatment and behavioral health care; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia Hospital Week celebrates men and women who improve the health of their communities by delivering compassionate patient care; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals, on an annual basis, accommodate more than 4 million patient days, handle more than 729,000 inpatient admissions, receive more than 3.1 million emergency department visits, and deliver nearly 88,000 babies; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals provided more than $3.1 billion in community benefit and other types of support to the Commonwealth in 2020; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals are a top five employer in many Virginia communities with 110 hospitals that employ 115,000 individuals, generating $45 billion in economic activity; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals are dedicated to providing quality care to patients, education to future health care professionals, and community leadership; and,

WHEREAS, Virginia Hospital Week is an opportunity to thank all the dedicated individuals within our hospitals and health systems for their many outstanding contributions;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 8-14, 2022 as HOSPITAL WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.