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Every year the President sets aside a special week in which hospitals can endeavor to improve the public's awareness of the services the hospitals are prepared to give and in which the hospitals can take stock of how well they are meeting community needs. This is not a fund-raising week but a week in which to foster better understanding. This year it will be observed from May 6 to 12, and the theme will be "Your Hospital—For You and Your Community." Special emphasis this year is being placed on disaster planning. In recognition of the fact that preparations to meet such disasters as floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes are quite as important as preparations for an enemy air attack, the American Hospital Association has changed the name of its Civil Defense Committee to the Committee on Disaster Planning. A civil disaster of any of the types mentioned may need to
NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK. JAMA. 1956;160(11):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960460054012
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