Home Health care provider Mayor Tommy Battle honors healthcare heroes during National Nurses and Hospitals Weeks

Mayor Tommy Battle honors healthcare heroes during National Nurses and Hospitals Weeks


Published on May 5, 2022

Despite the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19, health professionals in the City of Huntsville have weathered all storms to meet the needs of the public.

That’s why Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is honoring the selfless people who work in our hospitals and care for our community during National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 8 to May 14). Mayor Battle honored these unsung heroes Thursday, May 5 during a proclamation presentation with Huntsville Hospital CEO Jeff Samz and Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson.

Regardless of the challenges that have arisen during the pandemic, Mayor Battle said Huntsville’s healthcare system is providing the best possible care to our citizens.

“We are extremely grateful to each of our nurses, doctors, technicians, therapists, support staff and other healthcare professionals for their hard work and dedication to keeping Huntsville healthy,” Mayor Battle said. “Your life-saving work is essential to the well-being of our community and the patients you serve.”

As CEO of Huntsville Hospital, Samz leads the nonprofit community health system that includes not only Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, but also facilities across North Alabama and southern Tennessee. Additionally, the system operates Caring for Life, an inpatient palliative care facility in Huntsville.

Samz echoed Mayor Battle’s comments, saying the work nurses at Huntsville Hospital do every day and night “is nothing short of phenomenal.”

“It has become very apparent in the pandemic, but it has always been true,” he said. “We appreciate this recognition from the City of Huntsville and Mayor Battle. We share his pride and gratitude to the thousands of nurses and health care workers who serve our community.

Hudson said it’s critical that our community recognize, celebrate and honor healthcare workers not just in May, but throughout the year.

“These are the people who take care of us and our loved ones every day,” said Hudson, who runs Crestwood, a 180-bed full-service acute care hospital. “We appreciate Mayor Battle for this proclamation that elevates our nurses and all hospital teams for their sacrifice and dedication to keeping our community healthy.”