National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. York Hospital is prouder than ever to be celebrating National Nurses Week in 2020, as we commend the more than 350 skilled, compassionate caregivers—RNs, LPNs, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners and CRNAs—who comprise the York Hospital Nursing Team. Honoring our nurses is more profoundly significant this year because of the previously unimaginable challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The unflagging strength and commitment of our nurses, and all of our caregiver heroes, has been tested beyond limits, and we are beyond grateful. Chief Nursing Officer Greg Dalzell offers this note of appreciation to our nurses: “I would like to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you for the amazing work you do every day. Your professionalism and dedication does not go unnoticed, especially in times like these. During Nurses Week, it is important to recognize our RNs and LPNs as well as each individual that makes it possible for us, in the spirit of Loving Kindness, to deliver the best nursing care to our community.”

In 2020, the coronavirus outbreak quickly demonstrated that a hospital is more than a place where people go to heal; it is a vital part of the community that not only fosters health and well-being but represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, York Hospital has been central to a healthy and optimistic community in southern Maine since 1906, and our team of dedicated nursing professionals is truly the embodiment of York Hospital’s Loving Kindness vision. Thanks to each and every member of the York Hospital Nursing Team for caring for us in times of prosperity and health, for providing comfort in times of uncertainty and pain, and for offering strength as we look ahead with optimism to a bright tomorrow for York Hospital and our community. We celebrate your hard work and dedication not only this week and this month, but every single day. Thank you!