Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Marks National Hospital Week, Honors Healthcare Heroes

May 11, 2020

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in observing National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Cliff Wilson, chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee is unable to celebrate Hospital Week as they have in the past, however, they will continue the #ThankAHealthcareHero campaign to honor their healthcare heroes.  Community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at www.thankahealthcarehero.com. Traditional hospital week activities at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee will be rescheduled when appropriate. 

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of Franklin, Grundy, Coffee, and Moore counties all year long. From welcoming 30 new providers and expanding services, to investing more than $2 million in new clinical technology and facility improvements, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization employs more than 700 staff and contributed more than $7 million in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including various Franklin County School District schools and programs, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Veteran’s Association, Grundy County Health Council, Multi-County Support Network, Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Winchester Rotary Club, South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Grundy County School District schools and programs, and many more. Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee provided more than $33 million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“Franklin, Grundy, Coffee, and Moore counties are each a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Carolyn Sparks, chief operating officer (COO) of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee. “As we recognize National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”