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Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab Honors Its Nursing and Facility Staff for Providing High-Quality, Compassionate Care

Facility Events Celebrate Both “National Nurses Week” and “National Skilled Nursing Care Week”

May 22, 2023

Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab, in Virden, Ill. has honored its nurses during National Nurses Week for the vital roles they have played during the past year in providing compassionate care to facility residents.

Then, the following week, all of the facility's staff were celebrated for delivering high-quality care to hundreds of Illinois' seniors and individuals with disabilities during National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

Celebrating National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday.  While nurses are appreciated throughout the year, this week is designated for special events to mark the contributions they make to their community.

Right after National Nurses Week is the annual observance of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 14 to May 20. Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association, the celebration week this year has adopted the theme “Cultivating Kindness,” recognizing the compassion provided at skilled nursing facilities when improving health and strengthening human connections.

“Watching the countless acts of kindness that take place every day in our center, I am both grateful and amazed by our staff, who seem to personify compassion as well as competence,” said Patty Barnes, CEO/administrator of Sunrise. “Not only is our skilled nursing care facility committed to providing a high level of care for our residents at all times, but our staff is especially sensitive to residents' need for one-on-one social connections.”

Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab marked the two, week-long celebrations with several special activities, including:

  • Gifting each nurse a small bouquet of roses to remind them they are loved by the residents and their coworkers
  • Special Sunrise keepsakes including hot/cold packs, pens, note pads, and shot glasses
  • Customized cups with their name on them and special drinks inside.
  • Special lunches to recognize their hard work
  • Ads in local media letting the community know how much the facility appreciates them

“We show appreciation for our nursing staff and facility colleagues every day but especially during nurses and skilled nursing care weeks,” Williams added. “They are a huge part of our residents' lives and vital pieces of our building.”

About National Nurses Week

To acknowledge the contributions of nurses and call attention to their working conditions, the International Council of Nurses established May 12 as International Nurses Day in 1974. The celebration was extended to a week a few years later, and National Nurses Week was officially born in 1994. Sponsored and promoted by the American Nurses Association, the week-long event highlights the crucial contributions that nurses make to the community.

About National Skilled Nursing Care Week

National Skilled Nursing Care Week recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America's elderly and disabled. The week-long observance starts each year on Mother's Day and is celebrated through the following Saturday.

About Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab Sunrise Skilled Nursing & Rehab is an 85-bed skilled nursing facility in Virden, Ill., providing long-term care, short-term care, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehab-to-home, speech therapy, hospice care, respite care, and a secure memory care unit. The center is currently accepting new admissions for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. For further information, please contact Sonnie Loschen at 217-851-0455 or by email at Please visit our website and take a virtual tour at