Highlands Hospital employees step outside to see the chalk art on the sidewalk that is designed to cheer them up. Shown (above from left) are Amy Etling, Courtney Brooks, Chrisi Smith, Barbie Dunmeyer and Caitlyn Anderson.
“We Love Our Health Care Professionals. You are brave, strong, resilient, caring, loving, valuable, cherished, appreciated, admired, special and heroic.” These were some of the sidewalk chalk messages left recently to cheer doctors, nurses and staff members at Highlands Hospital. The sidewalk messages are part of nationwide program called “Can We Chalk?” recently started by AseraCare Hospice to reach out to medical workers.
“The campaign was started as a way to cheer up the staff and community and to thank our Highlands Hospital staff with inspirational quotes and pictures,” said Tierney Guarascio, provider relations manager with AseraCare, which serves hospice patients in Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene, Washington and Allegheny counties.
The brightly-colored chalk messages and pictures appear both in front of Highlands Hospital and at the entryway to its emergency room.
“The idea is to give short, but sweet messages to thank the staffs of our local hospitals and care facilities,” said Guarascio, who explained that provider relations managers of AseraCare have been reaching out to hospitals and facilities across the nation to coordinate “Can We Chalk?” messages.
(Left) This shows the chalk art that is on the sidewalk outside Highlands Hospital in Connellsville.
APRIL 29, 2020, BY PAULA O’CONNELL