Idaho Falls proclaims Operation Appreciation Week next week


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – In an effort to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of community health workers, Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said the week of October 18 would be “l ‘Operation Appreciation’.

The mayor and city council encourage the community to also take this opportunity to show their thanks online and in person for the tireless efforts of our local healthcare community.

“Since the Crisis Care Standards came into effect, healthcare workers of all stripes, including nurses, doctors, lab technicians, and even on-call and kitchen staff, have worked 12 hours a day. day, seven days a week, ”said Mayor Casper. “The pressure on them physically and emotionally must be great. We hope to remind them how much their sacrifices are appreciated. “

In addition to the proclamation, the community is invited to join local elected officials, first responders, business leaders, school children, families and others in showing their support and in person thanking local health workers on October 18 between 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

That evening, Mayor Rebecca Casper will join members of the public, first responders and City Council at 6:30 p.m. in the main parking lot near the entrance gates to the EIRMC, where she will present the proclamation “Operation Appreciation ”to the President of the EIRMC. Jeff Sollis.

At 6:45 p.m., the Mayor and Council will join other first responders and members of the public near the entrance to the Idaho Falls Community Hospital (IFCH) to present the proclamation to the Chief Operating Officer of IFCH, Casey Jackman.

Gatherings will be held near hospital entrances to coincide with the shift change for hospitals. This way, supporters, first responders and elected officials who gather will be able to greet, honk and share their thank you placards and banners when hospital workers leave or arrive at hospitals for their shift. Those who come to participate should look for the large “THANKS” banners near the hospital entrances.

“We hope that families and businesses and anyone who wishes to join us will make a sign or poster and come to EIRMC or IFCH and stand with us to say ‘thank you’ to our heroes of health, ”said Mayor Casper. “We all see the news. We all know how overwhelmed our hospitals and healthcare facilities have been. We just wanted a simple way to show them that we care about them and the way they take care of us.

In addition to the proclamation and gatherings at EIRMC and IFCH, the public is also invited to share messages of thanks, encouragement and support online via social media throughout the week. A special Facebook frame is available on the city’s Facebook page and supporters are encouraged to tag EIRMC, IFCH and their favorite healthcare professionals using the hashtag #Operationappreciation.

“We intend to flood social media with messages of thanks and appreciation,” said Mayor Casper. “Local doctors, nurses, therapists and other healthcare workers have really borne the brunt of an extremely heavy workload over the past two years. Whether it’s through social media or other small gestures of thanks or kindness throughout the week, we hope everyone will take the time to say thank you in some form or another to our line workers. exceptional health. “

Those looking to do even more can find some great, simple gift ideas online to give to caregivers in area hospitals. Items like gift cards, professionally wrapped food, padded shoe inserts, cards and other small tokens are welcome and could really brighten up a healthcare worker’s day.

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