Mount Pleasant, SC – In honor of the hard work and special care nurses provide to our community daily, East Cooper Medical Center will celebrate National Nurses Week by treating its nurses to a special spa day at the hospital on May 6. More than 200 East Cooper Medical Center nurses will enjoy free manicures, pedicures, make-up consultations, waxing and haircuts in a special "pampering" room. Stylists from the Academy of Cosmetology will provide the services.
National Nurses Week begins on May 6, RN Recognition Day, and concludes May 12, birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. National Nurses Week is one of the nation's largest healthcare events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make to their community.
"The nurses at East Cooper Medical Center are truly the heart of our organization. They are committed to providing excellence in clinical care and take such great care of our patients," said Meg Scheaffel-Shorrock, RN, MBA, MHA, ECMC Chief Nursing Officer. "Nurses Week provides us with an opportunity to express our gratitude for their dedication. They definitely deserve some pampering."
The history of Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made, but the following year National Nurses Week was observed October 11 – 16, marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea.
About East Cooper Medical Center
East Cooper Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 140-bed acute care hospital located at 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant. Previously located at 1200 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, East Cooper Medical Center has been providing healthcare to the East Cooper community since 1986. We provide a number of services including 24-hour emergency care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostic imaging and interventional services, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, wound care services and surgical care, including nationally recognized spine surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. East Cooper Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.