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[April 21, 2008]

University Hospital of Brooklyn Promotes Message of Healing and Cultural Diversity During National Hospital Week:

Holds Annual Cultural Health Fair May 17

Hospitals are compassionate places that provide culturally diverse health care and promote community well-being. That’s the message SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is sending during National Hospital Week 2008. As part of the celebration, University Hospital will host its Annual Cultural Health Fair on Saturday, May 17 from 11 am – 3 pm on Lenox Road between East 35th and East 37th Street. 

“We want people to understand hospitals are all about culturally diverse health care and healing,” says Maria Yomtov, RN, MSN, CDE, director of the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness. “Our focus is very positive. Doctors, nurses and staff have one mission and that’s to help people of all cultures get the best care possible.”

Keeping hospitals in the spotlight is part of the tradition of National Hospital Week, a celebration of care that dates back to 1921. That year, a magazine editor in Chicago suggested an annual “open house” where an apprehensive public could see first hand the vital work performed inside hospitals.  The idea spread across the country and helped change the perception about hospitals from places of illness to places of healing. Today, National Hospital Week is the nation’s largest health care celebration.

This year, University Hospital health fair organizers have selected a theme that emphasizes the healing process: “National Hospital Week—Where Healing Happens Every Day.”  Attractions at the health fair include free health screenings and information, entertainment for children and adults, and activities highlighting the cultural diversity of the community SUNY Downstate serves.

For more information about University Hospital’s 2008 Cultural Health Fair call 718-270-2020 or 718-270-3739.