Illinois Hospital Association

Health Observances and Recognition Events

The following information is provided by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association.

March 2015
1-31: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Cancer groups, hospitals, and communities focus attention on preventing, treating, and curing colorectal cancer. For more information, contact: Colon Cancer Alliance;

1-31: National Eye Donor Month - Raises awareness of the need to donate eyes. For more information, contact: Eye Bank Association of America; (202) 775-4999 or

1-31: National Kidney Month - Urges Americans to learn more about their kidneys and to take steps to preserve their kidney health. For more information, contact: National Kidney Foundation; (212) 889-2210 or

1-31: National Professional Social Work Month - Many social workers in health care settings work in hospitals where they counsel clients and their families about illnesses and treatment options. For more information, contact: National Association of Social Workers; (202) 408-8800 or

8-14: Patient Safety Awareness Week - Health care organizations take part in this event by prominently displaying the National Patient Safety Foundation campaign logo and promotional materials, creating awareness in the community and utilizing educational resources among hospital staff and patients. For more information, contact: National Patient Safety Foundation; (617) 391-9900 or

9-15: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week - Focuses national attention on pulmonary rehabilitation's contribution to enhancing the lives of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information, contact: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation; (312) 321-5146 or

15-21: National Poison Prevention Week - More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the nation's 57 poison centers, and more than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. For more information, contact: Poison Prevention Week Council; (703) 894-1858 or

30: National Doctors' Day - The first Doctors' Day recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia in 1842. For more information, contact: Southern Medical Association Alliance; (205) 945-1840 or