Capital Medical Center is proud to join the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National
Nurses Month this May, in an expanded recognition of the positive impact our nurses have on the health
and well-being of our community. National Nurses Week – observed annually May 6-12 – honors the men
and women around the country who have dedicated their lives to caring for those who are at their most
vulnerable and in need. This year, as the invaluable contributions of nurses have gained increased awareness
amid the fight against COVID-19, that celebration is being extended into a National Nurses Month.

“Our heroic nurses are always on the front lines of caring for the sick and injured,” said Becky Means, chief
nursing officer of Capital Medical Center. “Their compassion, clinical expertise and servant leadership are
fundamental to our ability to provide the high-quality care our patients have come to rely on. I am so proud
to celebrate and honor their hard work – and not just during Nurses Month, but year-round. Their impact is
an essential part of our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

The roots of National Nurses Week can be traced back to 1953, when U.S. Department of Health,
Education and Welfare employee Dorothy Sutherland suggested a national day of recognition for nurses.
After a series of proclamations and resolutions through the decades, the American Nurses Association
affirmed a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress by establishing May 6 as National Nurses Day in 1982. The
ANA expanded the celebration to a week in 1991 and, in 1993, designated May 6-12 as the permanent
annual dates to mark National Nurses Week.

In addition to this year’s expanded, month-long observance, the World Health Organization (WHO) has
also declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. It is another well-deserved recognition for a group of
professionals that could not have come at a more appropriate time.

“By their very nature, nurses are special people who are committed to selflessly serving and caring for others
no matter the circumstance,” Becky says. “During our fight against COVID-19, our nurses have truly
stepped up and are making countless sacrifices daily to ensure the safety of patients and each other, and to
help protect our community. They are heroes in every sense of the word.”

Community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks at www.thankahealthcarehero.com.