Hospital patients are used to wearing identifying wristbands, but starting Memorial Day, Stanford Hospital & Clinics patients who have served in the military will also receive a band of another kind -- one honoring their service to the country.
The red, white and blue wristbands are inscribed with the words, "Stanford Hospital & Clinics Honors U.S. Military Veterans." Hospital employees who have served will also receive the wrist wear.
Greg Hoovler, a nurse in Stanford's Cath Angio Recovery Unit, conceived of the idea last Veteran's Day. It struck him that the hospital had no way of honoring patients and employees who had served in the U.S. military.
"It also occurred to me that instead of recognizing these men and women for their sacrifices just one day a year, why not make this a daily practice?" he stated in a press release.
"As a nurse, I often ask patients about their service and personally thank them," he added. "I find that for many, they are grateful that we ask and proud when they have an opportunity to talk about their military service. For our older veterans, this dialogue is often very therapeutic and creates a bond with the caregiver. This communication enriches the hospital experience for both caregiver and patient."
Nancy Lee, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services, called the patriotic keepsake "one small way in which we can thank veterans for their service and sacrifice."
"We hope the wristband will encourage conversations between patients and caregivers. It's important that we honor and thank veterans for all they have done for our country," Lee said.