The ongoing health crisis hit New York City the hardest. However, local hospitals received some good news from American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels.
Good Samaritans NY Hospital Staff surprised with free three-day vacations
The staff of more than 4,000 doctors, nurses, medical assistants, food service, and facilities workers at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens were given complimentary three-day vacations by American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels, WABC reported.
Fox 23 reports American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels Corporation teamed up for the gift “in recognition of the extraordinary care” the hospital staff “provide to their community,” according to a press release. The workers come from doctors and nurses to the facilities and food service teams. They all will receive priority round trip American Airlines flights and hotel accommodations from Hyatt. They will be for three nights in “select destinations” in the U.S. and Caribbean, according to the release.
Medical staff will be able to take these trips later in the year
The hospital’s staff will be able to take advantage of the complimentary accommodations sometime later in the year. “Once they are able to take time for themselves,” according to the release. Moreover, Elmhurst hospital was one of the first and hardest hit health care providers in New York City. At the peak of the crisis, it had to increase intensive care units by 500%, CBS New York reports.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday the coronavirus death toll and rate of coronavirus hospitalizations have dropped to the lowest level.
“We’ve heard from so many of our colleagues and members who simply want to do some good and find a way to share their gratitude for some of the heroes of this pandemic in one of the hardest-hit areas of New York, ” Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt, said in a statement.
Cheers of “Elmhurst Strong” rang out as workers at the heart of New York.