HVCH celebrates National Rural Health Day

HVCH celebrates National Rural Health Day

Hocking Valley Community Hospital recently celebrated National Rural Health Day. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate the contribution of rural healthcare facilities. As part of the celebration, Logan Mayor Greg Fraunfelter presented the hospital with a proclamation recognizing National Rural Health Day as well as the hospital's 55th anniversary this year.

The proclamation reads: " Whereas the National Organization of State Offices and Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day in order to honor the selfless and community -minded spirit that prevails in local, rural hospitals; and Whereas Hocking Valley Community Hospital first opened its doors as a brand new, state-of-the-art medical facility in February 1966 in order to meet the healthcare needs of Logan and Hocking County communities; and Whereas Hocking Valley Community Hospital continues to provide extraordinary care close to home, now and into the future; Now therefore I, Greg Fraunfelter, Mayor of the City Of Logan, urge all citizens to join me in recognizing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, as National Rural Health Day and in celebrating the 55th anniversary of Hocking Valley Community Hospital."

The hospital also held a HVCH Healthcare/First Responder Career Expo at Logan High School Chieftain Center for high school students. Many hospital departments, clinical and non-clinical, were represented to help give students an idea of the careers available in healthcare right in their own community. First responders including fire, EMS, police and highway patrol also were in attendance as well as representatives from Hocking College providing information on health-related majors.

"We appreciate the willingness of our participants to share their knowledge, insight, and experiences with our students in their chosen career field or training program. We are lucky to have so many willing professionals and partner organizations to share with our staff and students," Brice Frasure, Logan-Hocking School District Director of Student Programs, said.

Employees celebrated the week with free Rural Health Day t-shirts, pizza and treats, and the recognition of Healthcare Worker of the Year and Excellence in Leadership award winners.