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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
WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals annually handle nearly 4 million emergency department visits, process 800,000 inpatient admissions, and deliver about 94,000 babies; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Hospital Week celebrates men and women who improve the health of their communities through compassionate patient care; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s 110 hospitals employ more than 125,000 individuals, generating nearly $38 billion in economic activity; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals rank among the top five employers in 44 percent of Virginia’s counties and cities; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s hospitals are dedicated to providing quality care, education, and leadership to their residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Hospital Week is an opportunity to thank all the dedicated individuals within our hospitals and health systems for their outstanding contributions;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 6-12, 2018, as VIRGINIA HOSPITAL WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.