From Peyton Manning to John Elway and Charlie Blackmon, sports stars and others give thanks to health heroes

March 31, 2020

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UCHealth has received an enormous outpouring of support and encouragement from our Colorado community. Please know, we appreciate your kindness.

We’ve heard from the Denver Broncos: John Elway, Peyton Manning, Drew Lock and others. The Colorado Rockies are cheering us on including Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl. Jacob MacDonald and Jayson Megna from the Colorado Eagles have offered messages of appreciation.

Check out their messages below:

Outside sports world, people are also acknowledging the work of our health care workers in clever ways.

At UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, we were delighted when a car full of clowns wearing rainbow-colored wigs and painted happy faces danced outside our Emergency Department. One clown carried a sign that read: “We love you.’’

At UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, pet therapy dogs who have not been able to visit staff penned notes of kindness: “Thank you for taking care of all the ‘hoomans’ until I can come back and do my thing at the hospital again.’’

School children made crayon drawings and sent them to the Emergency Department at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North. One drawing said: “Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear masks.’’ We’re sharing the drawings on our employee intranet to make sure all of our staff know how much they are appreciated.

“We’re grateful for your support and your kind words,’’ said Elizabeth Concordia, CEO of UCHealth. “Our professionals are facing circumstances that most of us have never seen. We’re working long hours, day in and day out, and we’re not quitting until the job is done.’’


About the author

Erin Emery is editor of UCHealth Today, a hub for medical news, inspiring patient stories and tips for healthy living. Erin spent years as a reporter for The Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Sun. She was part of a team of Denver Post reporters who won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting.

Erin joined UCHealth in 2008, and she is awed by the strength of patients and their stories.