Thursday, May 23, 2013 - STPH Honors Veterans in New Recognition Program

COVINGTON – St. Tammany Parish Hospital has launched a program called “Honor Red, White and Blue” as a way to recognize United States Veterans who are employees, volunteers, physicians or patients.

“At the suggestion of our Patient Experience Task Force, St. Tammany Parish Hospital has decided to honor the service and sacrifices of our armed forces,” said Patti Ellish, President and CEO. “It is a beautiful opportunity for us to show our respect.”

At patient registration, admissions will ask patients if they are veterans and secure permission to recognize them during their stay. Such veterans are designated with a star in their electronic record and an American flag sticker on the patient room nameplate. These visual markers allow staff to identify and thank each veteran for their service to our country.

If a veteran dies while in the hospital, STPH will honor them in a flag tribute. Throughout the hospital, an overhead page calls, “Attention, please, honor red, white and blue.” This is the signal for all available staff to assemble in the appropriate hallway and stand in silence as the veteran is escorted out, draped with an American Flag.

In recognition of physicians, employees and volunteers, the hospital provides a special ID badge holder for veterans, enabling fellow team members to recognize their service to our country.

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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.

The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established to support and enhance the healing work of the physicians and staff of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.  Through the development of philanthropic support, the foundation seeks to fortify the promise to provide world-class health care close to home, now and for generations to come.