Sparks, Summit Celebrate Nurses Week

FORT SMITH, AR (May 6, 2013) – Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center are giving thanks this week to the hundreds of men and women at our healthcare facilities who have dedicated themselves to caring for our community. 

National Nurses Week begins on May 6, National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing.

The American Nurses Association has designated the theme for this year’s National Nurses Week as “Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care.” The nursing field encompasses professionals in a number of roles, but all with the same focus – to provide the utmost in patient care.

During this week Sparks and Summit will host a variety of events to honor our nurses, including two proceedings of possible newsworthiness. On Monday, May 6, Summit is celebrating nurses with a special white cap and rose distribution all day to thank them for their service. On Tuesday, May 7, Sparks will be holding a special candlelight memorial service beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Healing Garden at Sparks Regional Medical Center to pay tribute to nursing personnel from the past and present.  Media members are welcome to attend both events.      

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.

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