A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message that the American Hospital Association is touting with the 2017 National Hospital Week theme “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.” The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 7–13 celebration. “National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Karen Barber, CEO of Yoakum Community Hospital, said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.” In honor of National Hospital Week, Yoakum Mayor, Annie Rodriguez, presented a proclamation to the Yoakum Community Hospital Week Committee members. Pictured: Kim Mraz, Kathleen Hermes, Debbie Long and Pixie Holik.