Coronavirus Florida: Car parade shows hospital workers love | Photos

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Walton Sun

WELLINGTON — Workers helping people battle the novel coronavirus at Wellington Regional Medical Center got a big morale boost Monday night as dozens of cars, trucks, SUVS and emergency vehicles lined up in a parade of gratitude.

There were honks, sirens and shouts of “Thank you!” from the many vehicles that were decked out in streamers and balloons, many with signs to show their appreciation.

The event was organized by Wellington to commemorate the overlap of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and National Hospital Week, May 10-16, said Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes.

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“The way the community has responded to Wellington Regional during the COVID pandemic has been both humbling and inspiring,” Wellington Regional CEO Pam Tahan said. “It is a reflection of the generosity of the community that Wellington Regional is proud to support. It means a lot to us for the community to show their support.”

Before heading to the hospital, vehicles first lined up in the parking lot of the Mall at Wellington Green outside the former Nordstrom department store.

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Those in line included Wellington council members and their families, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Wellington organized the parade after hearing interest from local first responders and members of the Village Council, all of whom wanted to honor those working on the “frontlines” against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Barnes said.

“It’s a great opportunity for residents and even the village … to be able to express our thanks and gratitude,” he said.

Hospital workers available between shifts poured out of the hospital to watch the parade and hold signs of their own thanking those who passed.

“Thank you Wellington community and EMS!” read one sign outside the hospital.

The vehicles sported similar signs: “Thank you health care heroes!”