(By Delegate Foster, Perdue, Leach, Long, Hatfield and Border)

[Introduced March 8, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

Proclaiming August 23rd as "Health Unit Coordinators Day."

WHEREAS, Health unit coordinators are valued members of the health care team, and the demand for this profession continues to grow; and
Whereas, Continued advances in medicine, along with the increasing demands of this profession, have encouraged the growth and expansion of the unit coordinator's responsibilities; and
Whereas, These responsibilities include; setting up hospital patient charts, ordering lab tests and x-rays, transcribing physician orders and performing other functions -- all in order to keep their units running smoothly while serving patients and physicians; and
WHEREAS, With these multifaceted ranges of expertise, health unit coordinators are employed in essential medical areas in; hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, hospital admitting and medical records departments, clinics and physician offices; and
Whereas, In 1980, as a direct result of this growing profession, the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) was founded; and
Whereas, The mission of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators is to promote health unit coordinating as a profession through education, certification, compliance with the NAHUC Standards of Practice, Standards of Education and a Code of Ethics; and
Whereas, Each year since the Association's establishment, August 23rd has been declared Health Unit Coordinators Day by mayors, governors, senates and assemblies of many states across the nation, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, It is the House of Delegates desire and intention to promote NAHUC's goals by declaring a day of recognition in honor of health unit coordinators; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the West Virginia House of Delegates hereby designates August 23rd as "Health Unit Coordinators Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby requests that the Governor of West Virginia issue a proclamation declaring August 23, of each respective year, officially as "Health Unit Coordinators Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of West Virginia, the President of the State Senate and the President of the National Association of the Health Unit Coordinators.