PUBLISHED: 5:13 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Hospital Week at Bartlett Regional Hospital
The observance of national Hospital Week, May 6 - 12, begins in Juneau with the recognition of 48 Bartlett Regional Hospital employees for terms of service ranging from 5 to 25 years.

"Collectively, the 48 people receiving service pins have put in 460 years of work with Bartlett Regional Hospital," says Michelle Casey, Community Relations Director.

"The theme this year for Hospital Week - "Care you count on, people you trust" - makes a lot of sense in a community like this in which just about anyone reading the list will know one or more of the employees."

Casey said that the week is an opportunity for the community to recognize the contributions of everyone who works at the hospital.

"While we are honoring 48 individuals, we have 498 current employees," Casey says, "and each of them, from housekeepers to medical providers, are important to our ability to serve as a regional medical center."

At the end of the week, Saturday, May 12, the hospital's administration building will be dedicated to the memory of Bob Valliant, longtime Bartlett CEO who passed away on December 20, 2006

A month before Valliant died the hospital's board of directors passed a resolution to name the building the "Robert F. Valliant Center."

Casey said the dedication ceremony and reception will allow hospital personnel an opportunity to honor the memory of Valliant and to bring closure to a period of grief interrupted by the logistical demands of opening a new wing to the hospital and the commencement of a major renovation of the original structure.

"This week is meant to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the people who work at Bartlett Regional Hospital, whose service has made our community a safer and healthier place to reside," Casey said.

"For many of the staff, it will be a time to remember Mr. Valliant as well as longtime board members Ron Lorensen and Marilyn Freymueller, who both passed away in March of this year."