Something was cooking Wednesday at St. Bernards

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-May 9th through the 13th is National Hospital Week and St. Bernards in Jonesboro is holding events throughout the week.

On Wednesday they decided to have a "roof top cookout" on the top of their parking garage.

From eleven to one staff members drifted towards the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill.

Vice President of Patient Clinical Services, Kathryn Blackman, says they hold these events to acknowledge the hard work of medical staff and volunteers.

"It's a way of saying thank you to the people who work in a hospital all year long, health care workers. People choose to go into healthcare usually because they want to help others, but it's not always a happy job because of sadness and sickness and so, hospital week is a time to celebrate what we do and give back to the community."

Lori Fitts has worked at St. Bernards for five years and is in Utilization Management.

Lori says hospital week is something she and fellow co workers look forward to every year.

"Oh, it's so nice because many of these things, we know, can cost a lot of money, but it's so nice that they do this every year. and we all know and get excited and get geared up for it. We just really appreciate it. St. Bernards is great about giving back to it's employees."

GI Lab Patient Care Manager, Tina Liddell, agrees with Lori about the events that take place during the week.

"All the employees really appreciate everything that they do for them and for putting this on, getting it all together. They work really hard so it's really great that they do this."

Lori says she's most proud of the Community Day the hospital hold during the week.

On this day, hospital employees go out into the community to help in a different way.

This year, volunteers worked in shifts all day at the Holy Angels Convent.

Employees also collected canned goods they donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

"Most all of our employees are active in the community outside of their position in the hospital, so we're all active in things in the community. So, community day is great. St. Bernards gives back in all kinds of ways.

Thursday is Administrative Appreciation Day.

Members of the administration staff will work in a variety of areas like environmental services, nutrition services, engineering and much more.

Friday is Auxiliary Appreciation Day where employees will be treated to a wide variety home made desserts, courtesy of members of St. Bernards Auxiliary.

For more information about St. Bernards, log onto their website.

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