Sparks, Summit Celebrate Hospital Week

FORT SMITH, AR (May 10, 2013) – Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center are recognizing all the dedicated men and women who maintain our hospitals as havens of healing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

From those who provide direct patient care to those who care for our facilities, Sparks and Summit are celebrating all Associates during National Hospital Week, May 12-18.  The American Hospital Association has designated the theme of this year’s festivities as “A Guiding Light for Changing Times,” which recognizes the important role hospitals play in our communities.  This week celebrates the history, technology and people that make our hospitals beacons of hope and care.

Sparks is kicking off Hospital Week with a special campus lighting ceremony at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Healing Garden at Sparks Regional Medical Center.  Join hospital Associates and members of the community as Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders proclaims Hospital Week in the city, and the medical center is transformed into a literal “guiding light.”  During the ceremony, Sister Judith Marie Keith, past president of St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, will lead attendees in prayer and the Mount Moriah Baptist Church Choir will provide musical entertainment.  Following the ceremony, a giant spotlight will illuminate the sky over the medical center each night of Hospital Week to serve as a reminder of the facility’s role as a symbol of caring.

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic (an employed multi-specialty physician group), Sparks PremierCare physician-hospital organization, Sparks Home Health and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.  For more information about Sparks, visit

Summit Medical Center is a fully accredited, 103-bed acute care hospital.  The medical staff includes numerous specialties such as Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Family and Internal Medicine, Bariatric and General Surgery, Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery, Pediatrics and Wound Care.  For more information about Summit, visit