As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the South Carolina Hospital Association sent a “Heroes Truck” with a rotating billboard full of messages of gratitude to hospitals across the state to thank frontline health care workers.
Messages on the truck included “Health care heroes, we thank you” and “Nurses rock!”
The truck started its journey in the Upstate at the Prisma Health Oconee Medical Campus on Wednesday morning, May 6. By that afternoon, it had stopped at Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown and Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside. The vehicle traveled to more than 80 hospitals in the state.
The trip coincided with National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, concluding on Tuesday, May 12, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.
“Frontline health care workers in South Carolina’s hospitals are the true heroes of COVID-19,” said Thornton Kirby, president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association, in a release. “We want to make sure that doctors, nurses and all the state’s hospital employees know that their heroic efforts do not go unrecognized. The Healthcare Heroes Truck gives us a way to visit our hospitals in a time of social distancing.”
Individuals were able to send a personal message to be featured on the truck’s rotating billboard by using #SCHealthcareHeroes on Twitter, according to a release from the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
“Our health care workers were very excited to see the truck and grateful for the continued show of support from our community,” the release stated.
Community members are also asked to visit ProtectTheHeroes.org, where they can be connected to a local hospital of their choice and make a contribution. The hospitals will then decide where best to use the funding.