WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and
WHEREAS, access to quality, affordable healthcare should be available to all Virginians; and
WHEREAS, improved healthcare outcomes result in better quality of life and decreased healthcare costs; and
WHEREAS, healthcare quality professionals across Virginia have demonstrated a commitment to delivering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, since 1977, the Virginia Association for Healthcare Quality (VAHQ) has provided its members with education and networking opportunities; and
WHEREAS, members of VAHQ work to improve clinical and administrative processes, medical peer review, and risk management and regulatory compliance; and
WHEREAS, Healthcare Quality Week is an opportunity to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the lives of all Virginians;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 21-27, 2018, as HEALTHCARE QUALITY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.