Department of Medicine

Emory Health Heroes Notes of Thanks

From: Iris To: Dr. Pena-Garcia Location: Emory St. Joseph's, Atlanta, GA

Thank you for coming in on your day off to treat me. Your compassion regarding the pain I was experiencing was much appreciated!

From: Tonaya Moss To: Emory Medical Staff on the 7th Floor Location: Emory St. Joseph's Hospital, Dunwoody, GA

I would like to say ‘Thank You To My Medical Staff Heroes’. When I was in your care from May 24 to May 29, From Morning to Night shift, everyone there done a wonderful job taking care of my health and giving me the best advice to stay alive and healthy. Keep up the good work!

From: Priscilla Wyndham To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA (All hospitals)

I am certain that in the future, the word "HERO" will not be used very lightly. It has been such an awesome experience for all of us to know, and understand, what heroes all of you have become. We certainly could not have made it without every one of you. We are all familiar with the word hero when it refers to a military person, but you on the front line have put a greater emphasis on it. Thank each of you and hope that we are soon out of this awful situation. But in the meantime, I pray for you every day and ask God's blessings on you. As you continue to make the sacrifices you make, know that you are loved. I send a virtual hug.

From: Michael O'Byrne To: All Health Heroes Location: Cumming, GA

Emory leads the way! To all of those who are fighting this pandemic directly and those who continue to provide us with care throughout this troubling period, thank you, thank you, thank you! Without you, we would be lost. Stay safe, be well, and again, thank you.

From: Leanne To: Dr. Robert Kelley Location: DeKalb County, Atlanta, GA

Thank you for your compassionate care during these tough days. Thank you for taking me in surgery when procedures were allowed. Thank you for your patience with me. You are my amazing doctor.

From: Anonymous To: Dr. Sarah Hollis Location: Cincinnati Christ Hospital

You are awesome and amazing the way you keep going through all this virus. Mother of twins baby boys. Caring compassionate doctor, we say thank you.

From: Susan Stedman To: All Health Heroes Location: Tucker, Georgia

My health heroes are the staff at Emory University hospital where I arrived on May 23rd, then shipped to Emory Midtown for a hip replacement. Then last Saturday I was told to get an ultrasound and ended up at Emory Decator Hospital. At all three hospitals I have never been treated by a more efficient, professional and most of all a kind, caring group of people. Thank you for your compassion, kindness and the smiles I could see in your eyes above your masks! Bless all of you! Susan Stedman

From: Ann To: Building A 3rd Floor Infusion Center Location: Clifton Road Emory Clinic

Thank you for all you do to insure patients are receiving on-going service during Covid-19. The efficiency and pleasant attitudes you all exhibited during my first venture out to receive an injection were beyond outstanding. We can all learn a lot from your examples about how to always treat everyone we come into contact. May God bless and protect everyone of you.

From: Reid Harbin To: Thanks to everyone at Emory for your hard work and dedication. Your selfless acts of caring for and healing people is very inspiring. You all are truly heroes and we cannot thank you enough. Keep up the good work and we all pray that their will be a vaccine or other medicines that become available to treat this disease. Location: Atlanta, Ga

Thanks to all the heroes at Emory, faculty, staff, nurses, doctors and all medical personnel. Though your amazing efforts, many people are recovering or having their lives saved thanks to your tireless work. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta independent living community

Thank you sincerely for your intentional efforts to heal and improve medicine. As a senior I am very fearful of contracting the virus. The idea of being incubated is debilitating to me. Thank you for working to improve care and to develop a vaccine. Your efforts will be marked in history! God bless each of you.

From: Anonymous To: Emory Healthcare Team Location: Decatur,GA

Emory Healthcare Team, I am so grateful for your continued work to care for patients, identify treatment plans and a vaccine for the virus! Your dedication is incredible and helping to keep our community safe! You are so appreciated and please know that the community is forever grateful for your work. You are amazing! THANK YOU!

From: Janet T To: A million thank yous to ALL front line, essential and non essential healthcare workers. You are all Angels Location: Tucker


From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank You! Your continued smile, compassion, expertise and passion is a sign of hope and relief in these trying times. May God continue to keep you and your families safe and well!

From: I NB To: Emory University GI Fellows Location: Grady Hospital, Atlanta Ga

Thank you for your dedication, the long days and nights you invest, the additional reading and research you take on, the patience with the system and the nature of the medical field (which can bring out the best and the worst in both patients and medical staff). Thank you for your professionalism and your teamwork, your sincere care for the health of the city’s most at risk. Thank you most of all, for being such nice people.

From: Beverly Marshall To: All Health Heroes Location: Decatur GA Emory Midtown

I would like to Thank the hospital staff for taking excellent care of my Husband. During his Covid 19 illness. Thanks for keeping me informed. And giving him the Best Care.

From: Keith Yarbrough To: To the heroes on the 5th floor Covid wing. Nurse Amber, Dr Roy and everyone in the unit. Location: Emory St Joe's

Thank you for your tireless efforts and work in this dedicated Covid wing of the hospital. I experienced some symptoms of the virus, and was admitted to this wing pending test results. Fortunately,, my test was negative and I was moved to another floor. In the approximately 18 hours there, I received excellent care from professional people who are making sacrifices each day. From limiting the staff that come into the room, to all the PPE changes each time they enter and exit the room, I was so grateful for the selfless commitment of these heroes. My nurse Amber was fantastic and it was so obvious that she really cared about my well-being. Thanks to everyone at Emory Healthcare, and especially St Joe's.

From: Tonia Bigby To: Dr. Clemons

Thank you Dr. Clemons for all you do

From: Anonymous To: All Healthcare Workers Location: All Emory Hospitals

To all the tireless healthcare workers who are taking care of everyone else's needs, I say thank you for your courage and for your devotion to the people who are in your locations. My family and friends have been blessed to not have had this virus but a lot of people did and you were there. God bless you all for what you do everyday.

From: Glen Boyd To: So many who touched my life and case last year before, during, and after my transplant. Location: I was a transplant patient last year at the Clifton Road facility.

You are all my dear Emory angels. I think of you all daily and pray for your good health and safety through this pandemic.

From: Lisa Burkett To: Thank you to ALL health care workers, but a special kudos to all the first year healthcare workers in their first year! Location: Emory University Hospital

A colossal thank you to ALL healthcare employees! You are deeply appreciated. My daughter, Nancy Burkett, started her career as a cardiovascular ICU nurse on unit 5E in July 2019. As a 22 year old just starting out in the world, she knew her first year would be a huge learning curve. She had a wonderful orientation experience and learned so much from outstanding veteran nurses. Then, a few months after coming off orientation, Covid 19 hit and her unit became a Covid unit and the learning curve grew steeper! What an induction into nursing she has had (and all others in their first year)! I have never prayed so much in my life- for wisdom, strength, health, and the ability to comfort others when their loved ones couldn't be there. I am super proud of all health care workers, but especially those like Nancy who have had a crazy first year of nursing! Thank you to you all and may God continue to bless each and every one of you! 

From: Sandra Smith To: All Health Heroes Location: EUH Pathology, Clifton Road

Thanks to everyone throughout the Emory Healthcare System for your courage and support. This too will pass. We must continue to be a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). Thank you.

From: Samuel To: All Nurses Location: Fairfax, Virginia

Dear Nurses, Thank you for risking your lives to help, and assist, the saving and protecting of people during this pandemic. You are the backbones of any hospital, and without nurses, a hospital would not run smoothly. Thank you for being brave, and always fighting. I appreciate your hard work. I intend to become a nurse, so thank you for being my biggest role models during this time.

From: Tom Valois To: CCU 3G/4G Location: Clifton Rd.

Thank you EVERYONE in the CCU! Y'all saved my life and I will never be able to thank you enough, and I will be eternally grateful!!! Much peace and love, and many many blessings.

From: Frances Albert To: Fellow: Tina Hang Location: Covington, GA

Dr. Hang, You were so nice and very informed, thank you for those wonderful qualities. I looked forward to your visits during my hospital stay as I knew I was in capable hands. I want you to know I personally appreciate your caring sweetness. I support you as a valued member of the Emory Healthcare system, I value YOU. Thank you for being the excellent doctor you are.

From: Linda Berry To: All Health Heroes Location: Buford, Georgia

Thank you all for your service and putting your lives in danger. You are worthy of being respected and recognized for all that you have done. Thank you so much.

From: Anonymous To: Dr. Alan Pickens and his staff Location: Emory Hospital

Thanks for all you do and have been doing to provide health care during the pandemic. It is very much appreciated. It means so much with all that is going on.

From: Anonymous To: Michael Brown

Your Dad would like to let his Son Michael Brown just how proud of you and those hum you work with and the patients you are taking care of..

From: Pam Vernier To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University Hospital at Midtown

I believe all the nurses, doctors, technicians, everyone are heroes. I would also want send a shout out my Doctor, Doctor Matthew Gary, neurosurgeon genius. I don’t know if he was involved in the giving outstanding care to the victims of the Covid19 virus, I just know he’s an outstanding physical and I’m sure he dove right in to help.

To all the staff of every Emory Hospital, you were heroes before the virus, You will be heroes at the end as well. God Bless you all.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Roswell, GA

Thank you for your sacrifices and for saving lives. You are very much appreciated and held in the highest of esteem. How you put your lives on the line everyday to save lives, your expertise, dedication, and courage are inspiring! We need more people like you on this planet! Thank you for your service!

From: Valerie To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta

Thank you for your efforts, care, and support in helping others. Sincerely

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: West Point woman’s club West Point, Ga

Thank you for your love and kindness! What a great inspiration you are for the world to see. I hope you feel our love back! ❤️

From: Anonymous To: I would like to thank the Emory Eye Clinic Staff for meeting my health needs during the Pandemic Location: Chattanooga, TN

Dr. Anastasios Costarides is a true Champion. He is one of the best Doctors who have treated me for my illnesses through the years. Not only is his work very Professional, he cares about his patients as human beings. He's never too busy to answer any question about my Glaucoma, but he is also concerned about my Cataracts and my Cornea issues. He is so positive and calms you when you become tense about a possible treatment. Dr. Costarides, in my opinion, is the outstanding Eye Clinic Doctor. The Eye Clinic and Hospital are privileged to have him as an esteemed Staff Doctor. I'm truly thankful Dr. Costarides braved the COVID 19 Pandemic to treat my eye issues.

From: Kisha Thompson To: Labor & Delivery staff Location: Emory Johns Creek

Thank you ALL for your support, encouragement & compassion during my unexpected extended stay. I appreciate your warm hearts & knowledgeable care. Thank you for remaining on the front lines to care for those of us in need. May you & your families remain protected during these challenging times. Peace & Gratitude!!!!

From: Tara Rodda To: Thank you for all your doing.❤❤ Location: Emory in Decatur. Frequent appts to prep for liver transplant.

Keep up the awesome work. Words can't express my appreciation for all yall.

From: Sabrina Freeman To: Emory Clark Holder Clinic LaGrange Georgia Smith Street. Allergy Shots Dept. Thanks for keeping the rooms Clean & Germ FREE LOVE Sabrina Freeman Location: Lagrange Georgia USA. Clark Holder Clinic, Allergy Shots Dept For being Soo clean & Careful

The rooms are always Clean, you Make sure that I have on a MASK @ all times, that I wash my hands CONSTANTLY & I see You Clean Up. 👏 👏

From: Anonymous To: Thanks for everything y’all do!! Love y’all and God bless always!!

Thanks for everything y’all do!!! Thanks to Dr Kim at St Joseph location for saving my life !! Thanks for being here for Atlanta now and always!! Love y’all and God bless always !! Stay safe and well !! Keep up the excellent work!!! We need and appreciate your efforts!!

From: L. Davis To: Lab Techs, Infusion Center, and Bone Marrow Transplant Team Location: Emory/Clifton/Winship

First, the lab techs. I want to thank them for always greeting me with a smile and words of encouragement. Next, the infusion center, 8th floor hospital nurses and techs. What wonderful people. Very professional and trustworthy. A big thank you to them as well. Last, the Bone Marrow Transplant team. How do you thank these people! They saved my life and continue to work with me. Never once have they rolled their eyes. They have always been patient and understanding. They work and communicate so well together. I have been so blessed by all involved. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t end this message without acknowledging the doctors involved with treating me for GVHD and other problems. Dr Beshad, Dr. Zarrabi, Dr. Mandawat and Dr. Schlanger a huge thank you to all. I appreciate everything that these healthcare workers provided.

Bone Marrow Transplant Team

Thank you for giving me another chance at life. I appreciate everything you guys did. I feel very blessed to have had treatment by such a wonderful team of healthcare workers. Thanking you just doesn’t seem like enough for all you did and continue to do. But, that’s all I got. Thank you is deep hearted and much appreciation is given from my family and me! Linda D

From: Marjorie Arner To: Kimberly Workowski, Joni, and the crew Location: Emory Midtown Atlanta Peachtree location

Thank you ❤️❤️

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes

Thank you ALL Emory Healthcare workers for all you do, from caregiving, to research, to supporting those who are caregiving and doing extraordinary research.

From: Margaret West To: The amazing and caring staff of Unit 61 Location: Emory Midtown

I want to thank everyone involved in the care of my 93 year old mother not once but twice (COVID-19 and a later UTI while still testing positive.) She was admitted for COVID-19 from her nursing home on April 24 and released on May 6 and then again in May. During both times she received exemplary care from the minute she was transported to the ER, her stay in unit 61 COVID floor, to her release. I remember some of the names for those I talked with on a regular basis such as Dr. K, Dr. Douglas, Dr. Minnoff, Nan, and Beatrice. And those that help her and us through difficult times that I never even knew their names. I want to thank everyone for all your work and extra care to keep us informed about what was happening with my mom and putting systems in place to see and talk with her via zoom. I can't thank you all enough for being there for her and so many others. Your efforts are commendable and greatly appreciated.

From: Gloria Santiago To: Dr. Chacko and her staff Location: Georgia


From: Frances Albert To: Dr. Julie Yun Location: Emory Hospital

Dr. Yun, Thank you for being front and center to help your patients. You were most helpful, thorough and caring as well, believe you me it makes a difference. Keep up the good work. Aging with health difficulties makes us more vulnerable, we need good doctors like yourself to help us along the path. I for one appreciate your open mind and genuine kindness for your patients. You are appreciated!

From: Alena Aron To: All Frontliners! Location: Atlanta, GA

I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone working to keep us safe! Everything you are doing is a big sacrifice, and your determination and courage is incredible during this uncertain time! You are all true heros for risking your lives everyday, and I hope you know that you are greatly appreciated! Here is a quote to help keep your heads up high, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr. All of you are the light and love that will drive out COVID. THANK YOU again and sending love!

From: Yeneneh Lesanework To: All Health Heroes Location: Stone Mountain, GA

Than you so much supporting us this pandemic season and God bless you the whole Emory Hospital works and the U.S.A hospital workers too.

From: Anonymous To: Amanda Sanders Location: Grady Hospitalist

Dear Amanda, thank you so much for your dedicated hard work, compassion and continued drive on behalf of Emory’s Hospitalist group based at Grady but also the wonderful patients that Grady serves! You are one of the heroes that is more behind the scenes but continue to Make a huge impact during this pandemic. Your hard work, generosity, and empathy are an example to all. Thank you for driving us to be better!

From: Donna Berry To: Dr. Costarides and all staff in the eye clinic Location: Atlanta, GA Emory Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic on Clifton Road

Thank you, Dr. Costarides, and all of your staff, for taking care of me and being so kind. I hope you all are safe and healthy!

From: Amy Bloch To: Dr. John Bloch Location: Atlanta, GA

I’ve watched your entire journey into medicine. For years you’ve been dedicated to learning and developing your skills in the field. It’s been incredibly inspiring and heartening seeing you take on your role as a resident during this challenging time. You’re continuing to become one of the most compassionate, competent and caring doctors I’ve ever seen. Your son and I are so proud of you and I’m so excited for him to watch you continue on this path. Thank you to everyone at Emory—real heroes.

From: Laura Janelle Downey To: General message of support Location: Emory Midtown

Dearest Health Heroes, I thank you for your selfless service to those who are in need of your assistance. Day in and day out, you all manage to wake up with a heart to serve. I am not in the medical field so I salute you for all that you do. I pray for your strength and faith as you go about your daily tasks. You are truly a superhero! God bless you and may you continue to be a light in the dark places of every individual's heart and soul that needs you the most. Love, Laura Janelle

From: Marsha Ogden To: All front line workers Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank You for all that you have done and what you are doing to save lives. Thanks for the sacrifices that you have made for others. Words can not express how much your service is appreciated. Keep up the excellent work during this pandemic. May God bless each of you.

From: Tereon Anderson To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory Hospital Midtown

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients and the organization. Your resilience and passion have shown so many patients the depth you are willing to go to save their lives and assure them that we will get through this. May God bless you and continue to provide you strength and endurance on the front line. #Thankyou #WeareEmory!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you for continuing to serve on the frontline during this crisis. You put yourself in harms way every day to help and to save strangers. That love and commitment is noticed and it is appreciated! No matter what job you do, you are a hero to those you help face-to-face, and you are a hero to those who have never met you. Your community supports you and thanks you every day! Thank you!!

From: Nyle Farooqui To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Dear Emory Healthcare, I know that this is a difficult and hard time we are living in but I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done to help people who have been infected by the coronavirus and just people in general. Thanks for giving people hope during this time of uncertainty and for being absolute warrior who have worked tirelessly day and night.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Roswell, GA

Thank you all so much for everything you are doing to help those impacted by COVID-19, even risking your own health to do so. Our family supports you and are doing OUR best to #flattenthecurve

From: Amanda White To: General message Location: Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia Power Environmental and Natural Resources

I'm so thankful for all the work that you do to help keep people healthy in these uncertain times. Thanks so much for all that you do!!!

From: Kelly Spetalnick To: Dr. Izabella Verbitsky and all health heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I appreciate the bravery, dedication and risk of each person involved in caring for the ill and worried - caretakers, healthcare providers, sanitation workers, food deliverers and preparers and many more. It takes a special level of character and devotion to face a known threat, especially when rescue is fraught with the unknown. Thank you, and may you and your loved ones remain healthy. Thank you, Dr. Izabella Verbitsky, for your continued presence in the face of risk and your dedication to your patients. Knowing you are there for me and my family gives me solace. I wish you and your family good health, safety and love - until I can deliver the message in person with a hug. 

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you from my head down to my toes (and thank you from my family as well) for your courage, dedication and love that you show each and every day. Everyone-from the front office & administration, to doctors, nurses, PA's, and all those directly involved in health care and we do not forget all those who work every day keeping the facilities clean and sanitized. All of you are the bomb!!! We would not be where we are now without all your efforts. Praying you stay safe and healthy and that your loved ones are safe as well. If you are not with your loved ones, we pray you can see them soon. Keep up the good work and know that many are praying for you and thanking God that you are who you are!

From: Nancy S To: Dr. Nooka & Team Heroes Location: Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Nooka & Team Heroes, Josh PA et al, Cynthia (Cindy) nurse in charge of equipment. Girls at front desks & on the way out waiting for the scheduling! To all who smile when we see you. It means a lot!!! Thanks for shining the light on my life for 3 years & running... I know it has not been easy behind the scenes to do what you all do so well...Please continue all your efforts to help people who have MM & all cancers so we can eradicate it for future generations to come. So it has come to this changing of the guard now- another difficult challenge on top of everything else. We know you are doing your best to be safe. Please don’t let your guards down at this juncture for all our sakes & your families & friends. We all face different sorts of challenges in life. We are not happy about facing the brunt of them; but we can try to be our best selves now that nature sent this Invisible Threat our way. Stay healthy & keep moving with your masks on... 

From: Anonymous To: General group Location: Douglasville, Ga

Jesus said "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. "You all are serving Jesus and spreading His love whether you are aware of it or not. Blessings to you all!

From: Jill Bailey To: All Health Heroes Location: Hartwell, GA

Thank you to all Emory staff for providing care to Covid patients and working endlessly to keep us all safe. Those of us whose surgeries have been postponed understand and look forward to the days ahead when this is behind us and we can move forward, however, this would not be possible without all of your tireless efforts. Thank you.

From: Sue Delaney To: All of Emory's Neurology Teams, especially Stephanie Vyverberg and Dr. Lah Location: Atlanta, GA

Emory's neurological team, those who work with Alzheimer's are the BEST! As a daughter-in-law of one of your Alzheimer's patients, I find so much support and help from your team. You've offered social worker appointments for us to get educated and advice, you've pointed us in the right directions, and you've been so encouraging and patient with our loved one. As she has declined, you've adjusted appointments to avoid upsetting her as best as possible. And now that covid has hit, you've reached out to check on us and keep us protected as best as you can. I am so impressed with your expertise and care! You set the standard of excellent care, and I thank you so very much that you advocate for helping us navigate through not only the uncertain world of covid but also each day through the uncertain world of Alzheimer's Disease. Thank you especially to Stephanie Vyverberg and Dr. Lah!!

From: Bobbi Perlstein To: Emory Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you for your time and dedication you provide daily to keep our city healthier and safer!

Thank you to all Emory University & affiliates for the awesome job you are doing. Thank you for finding the courage, strength & energy to get up every day & face this unpredictable pathogen. Putting lives of others first is the greatest gift you can give. God bless each & everyone of you. May He protect you & provide you with knowledge, skill & peace. Thank you!

From: Anonymous To: Dr. S. Scott Davis, Dr. Michael Williford, Dr. Paul Bennett Brock, the surgical team, and all of the nurses Location: Emory University Hospital

Your staff was tremendous and although this was an unfortunate time to have had surgery your entire medical staff and care team provided me with excellent and compassionate care. Thank you so much for all that you did to make me feel comfortable. Special thanks to Drs. Davis and Williford who expertly guided me through this process, answered all of my questions and allayed my concerns. Lucy Bethune was wonderful in keeping me abreast of all that I needed to do in preparation for surgery and was available on so many occasions to answer my questions. Lucy is a Godsend!! May God bless all of you! With warmest regards!

From: Kelley To: All Health Heroes

Thank you for caring enough to put your own health on the line to save others during this pandemic! Please take care of yourself, too!

From: Andrea Clay (Yerkes Field Employee) To: Yerkes essential employees and all Emory Healthcare Location: Decatur, GA

Thank you all so much for your hard work during this stressful and scary time and for being there for the animals and the people that need you!

From: Anonymous To: Goes out to everyone Location: Georgia

To all who remained steadfast in helping fight this virus and who sacrificed time and effort helping those battling it, A HEARTFELT THANK YOU. Words can't begin to express my appreciation for all you've done and continue doing. May God continue to watch over you and your families. And those of us who know the worth of prayer will continuing lifting you up.

From: Anonymous To: Staff at Emory St. Joe’s, Winship Cancer Center, Infusion Center - reception, lab, nurses, and doctors Location: Georgia

I am at Winship weekly and would like to thank you all for the continued care that you give. It is a difficult time for everyone but you truly are on the ‘front lines’, risking your health, to be there for those of us that need you to help continue to fight our battles with cancer. Without you we would not have the opportunity to keep on going. Please know that you are appreciated for all that you do and the in which selflessness you give.

From: Julie G To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory John's Creek Hospital

Thank you all for your selfless act of being there for those who need it the most during these scary times. It means a lot knowing you guys are there should something arise. THANK YOU

From: Michael D'Amato To: Emory Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, Medical Support Staff, and any strong person who walks into a hospital during this pandemic Location: Atlanta, GA

Your courage, knowledge, ability to face your fears, desire to help so many, dedication to your work, and persistence through the unknown are a source of inspiration for me. While you are doing all you can to keep people's spirits high and the counts low, please be aware that I am doing the same from home. I follow CDC guidelines to the best of my ability and focus on what I can understand of science. I imagine each of you are beyond exhausted, physically and emotionally, and I am certain you and your loved ones pay a dear price through this crisis. Stay strong. Let me know if there is anything more I can do. I have a great deal of admiration for you. Each and every one of you. Some day This Too Shall Pass. While my business may be non-essential, the fact that I import wine means that we can (potentially) toast together in person to your great contribution to society. Let's figure it out, shall we? When social gatherings are deemed acceptable by science (not politics) I am open to arranging a fun and educational wine tasting. Yes. I said it. Fun. Remember that? (smiles) Your efforts now through sadness and loss will indeed pave our way to happy times ahead. Wishing you and yours the best of health and happiness.

From: Mom To: Emily Walsh Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you for diligence in caring for the COVID patients with a compassionate and professional spirit. You inspire me! PS: I can’t wait to be able to hug you again!

From: Cindy Allen To: All Health Heroes Location: Peachtree Corners, GA

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your unwavering commitment to care for those suffering from this terrible illness. Your strength and courage are an inspiration to all. That you would risk your own health and well-being, and possibly the health of your family and loved ones, is a testament to your bravery and determination. You are the truest expression of selfless service. Bless you today and every day for the amazing work you do.

From: Youliang Wang To: Dr. Frances Eun Lee leading Research Group Location: Lilburn, GA

Thank you! Everyone who work on front line to save life and to do research of our Health hero. I am very proud you guys! I did pray God for you guys every day: Strength, Save and Avoid infection of all of you. I will continue to pray God. Thank you again!

Youliang Wang
Division Rheumatology
Dr. Sanz Lab

From: Anonymous To: Entire Brookridge Staff Location: Winston Salem, NC

You are all healthcare heros! The entire community thanks you for your time, sacrifice and care that you bring to all the residents and the reassurance to their family and friends. YOU ARE AWESOME!

From: Anonymous To: The entire staff of Acute Respiratory Clinic Location: The Acute Respiratory Center in Decatur, GA

I would like to send a very special THANK YOU to the entire staff of the Acute Respiratory Clinic! Everyone was so very nice and caring when they were taking care of me. I tested positive for COVID-19 and they really helped me get through a very challenging ordeal mentally and physically. So THANKFUL for all of my heroes there! You are soooo awesome! God Bless you all!

From: Paula Gomes To: All Health Heroes

Thank you to all the Health Heroes for your tireless work and commitment to our patients and the community. I am so proud to work for an organization that is making a difference everyday in the treatment and care of others. I would like to share my gratitude to the many nurses, physicians, medical techs, residents, transport staff, dining services personnel, greeters, environmental services employees, lab workers, pharmacy staff, Public Safety, IT, respiratory therapists, chaplains, social workers, unit clerks, leaders, administrators, and many others who make a difference everyday in the health and well-being of patients. Thanks for all that you do!!

From: Jessica Jackson To: All Health Heroes Location: Newnan, Georgia

Dear Nurses, Doctors, and ALL front line Health Care workers....I pray for your health and safety every day and am in awe as to the work you do. Thank you seems so minimal, but that is all I have to offer....THANK YOU!!!

From: Mallard Benton To: Sarah Rose Harrill, practice manager, Emory Executive Health Location: Emory Eye Center, multiple campuses

Sarah Rose I was very impressed by your leadership in getting the Acute Respiratory Center set up in the Executive Health area. Your support of my colleague Dr. Steve Yeh, your continued communication to bridge knowledge, skill and protocol gaps and your attention to detail in our exam room and with the equipment that you already had that needed to be brought on line was all very much appreciated. At a time when so much was new, you led by treating things as business that we're trained to accomplish, not as stumbling blocks. Partnering with you and your team has been refreshing and much appreciated in my department.

From: Ben Hodges To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I work with Georgia Power and we want you to know that we appreciate you being out on the front lines during this difficult time. We know that Emory not only provides lifesaving medical care, but also helps us all to better understand the dangers to the public health and prepare. We are all better off for your help.

From: Keith Hill To: All Health Heroes Location: Milledgeville, GA

Dear Emory Health Heroes, thank you so much for your wonderful service to our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. My family and I are very grateful for your sacrifice and courage through these very difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


Keith and Maida Hill, Turner and Jess

From: Michelle Hiskey To: EUH and Winship and Wesley Woods Location: Emory staff and neighbor

Many of us work and live near Clifton Road. We see the road signs that thank HCW at Emory. You are making us proud to live near, work at, and support Emory. Thank you!

From: Debbie To: All Health Heroes

To all the healthcare workers: Nurses, Doctors, RT, PT, Lab personnel, Unit Clerks/Secretarial, Food and Nutrition workers, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Business workers, Medical Records, Central Supply and anyone else I forgot: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING!!! You are really brave and making SUCH a difference!

From: Linda To: All Health Heroes Location: Snellville, GA

God Bless each and everyone of you. Your dedication to your call to be in Health Care is paying off in so many different ways. It is important that the public Thanks each and every one of you for your dedication to caring for others. Seeing your tied faces on tv warms my heart. My family and I pray for all of you who are meeting the needs of the people in this time of crisis. We pray for Gods Hedge of Protection around each of you. And we pray for your families that are not seeing as much of you these days. Know that we may not always say how much you all are appreciated, but we are so proud of all of your sacrifices you have made to care for us...

Take Care and God Bless,

You are all so awesome!!!

Know that Blessing will be coming your way!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Duluth, GA

Thank you for all that you do. Your sacrifices and hard work are recognized and greatly appreciated!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Oftentimes the most difficult and most thankless jobs go to those keeping the lights on, keeping our floors clean, our meals cooked, our buses going. These people often go unnoticed, unseen, unrecognized. To the maintenance staff, the groundskeepers, the cooks, the cashiers, waste management: Thank you for keeping the machine going! This unprecedented situation has shown us how essential you are, and it is my hope you are recognized and compensated as such. Thank you!

From: Tadelech Weldetatyos To: All our Emory heroes!!!!! Location: Kennesaw, GA

We really do appreciate the work you do on the front lines! Thank you, for putting yourself at risk with corona in order to save other people. May God keep you and protect you during all times. God bless you all.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Decatur

Emory Healthcare is a true hero to our community. My family so appreciates all the work that you are doing to care for our community. We know that your days our endless and that everyone in your health system is focused on ways to address COVID19. Because of your efforts our community is safer. Thank you so much for all that you all are doing!

From: Anonymous To: Dr. Sharon Bergquist and the entire staff of the Emory Clinic Location: McDonough, GA

I'd like to recognize Dr. Sharon Bergquist and the entire staff of the Emory Clinic. Y'all are an amazing group of dedicated health professionals and I know you are working so hard right now to combat Covid19. Thanks to all of you for your tireless efforts. They are not going unnoticed. Heroes you all are! Thank you!!!

From: Brenda To: Winship Cancer Institute - Valet Staff Location: Atlanta Campus

Never got to send a letter of "Thanks" when my mother was treated at Winship several years ago. I took her there every Friday for a year, and everyone from the valets to the infusion staff, treated us respectfully, patiently, and most of all kindly. The valets would even help with taking the wheelchair out of car and assisted her into chair. One valet took to calling her "Mom". After she died I went back to thank them and several gave me a big hug and expressed words of sympathy. Even the cashier came from behind the counter to hug me. It's been 2.5 years and it left a lasting impression on me whenever I think of Emory.

From: Deborah Meyersen To: Everyone at the Wound Clinic Location: Emory Decatur Wound Clinic

Thanks to everyone at the Wound Clinic for your constant support and excellent care you provide to me and your patients. God bless all of you! 

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes

I would like to say to all on the front line at Emory, Thank you very much for your hard work during these critical times. When I see you in action, tears welled up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love of neighbor and self-sacrificing spirit.

From: Anonymous To: Dr. TaRessa Wills Location: Grady Memorial

Your dedication to your work and patients is inspiring. Your presence fills us all with hope. We appreciate having you to rely on personally and professionally. Keep up the amazing work you do! Lucky to have you in our group as a mentor and friend.

From: Robin Klein To: Our hardworking IM residents Location: Emory @ Grady

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the hard working IM residents caring for patients on ward teams, ICUs and critical consult services across our sites. I am amazed and inspired by your dedication to your patients and each other in this challenging time. I am proud to work alongside you.

From: Dr. Sivan Ben-Moshe and Dr. Stephanie Garrett To: Geriatrics team at 1525 Location: 1525 Emory Geriatrics Outpatient Clinic

We would like to personally thank our Geriatrics team at 1525 including, Patricia Craver RN, Denise Alston (Medical Admin), and our medical assistants Tiwana McDuffie and Erica Causey, for supporting our vulnerable population during the COVID pandemic. They have been instrumental in calling and scheduling our patients, teaching them how to use video conferencing, following up on their requests and making sure they are well taken care of and do not feel alone! We appreciate our dedicated team and would not be able to support our patients without their passion, patience and compassion towards our wonderful patients. Thank you for all you do each and every day!

From: Tuawana Williams To: All Health Heroes Location: Stone Mountain, GA

To the Emory employees who are literally on the front line but often forgotten (ER Greeter, Vital Signs Nurse- Intake Employee) and all of those working in the ER: You are appreciated more than you know. Your long hours, sometimes without resting and/or eating does not go unnoticed. Thank you for your compassion and patience with patients during this time, and may you receive all the goodness and blessings you deserve - now and in the future.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

We love you and honor all the work and care you are giving the community to help get us through this pandemic!!! <3 <3 <3

From: Tia Bohannon To: All Health Heroes Location: Roswell, GA 30076

Thank you for all you are doing. As you know, but many of us forget, there is a lot that goes into a nurses day. And now with COVID-19 there's even more. I appreciate your technical competence, as well as your effort to comfort not only the patient, but also their families, which has to be more challenging since it's mostly done over the phone and through a mask. I'm a reasonable person, but I have a deep fear of the virus; I can't imagine going in everyday with all of the unknowns and risk, but you do...every long unpredictable shift. You deal with the rapidly changing information and protocols. You have to take many more precautions not only to protect yourself, but also patients which must make it difficult to be as efficient as your accustom. Thank you. My prayer for you is that you get the resources you need - supplies, physical and emotional support - at work and at home. I pray that you can have peace in spite of what you've seen and done. I pray that you feel loved and appreciated every day. I pray that your resilience grows and that your capacity to love yourself and others grows as well. I pray that relief will come sooner than we think.

From: Marsha Ogden To: Emory Healthcare Employees

Thank you front line workers for all that you do to make sure we are safe. I appreciate you putting your life on the line everyday for others. Stay sage and healthy! Thanks a bunch!!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes

Thank you so much for guiding us through these unprecedented times with your kindness, courage, and determination. We are so grateful that you are here to take care of our community. When there's so much uncertainty and fear about the future, you inspire us and give us hope that better days are not far away. Thank you :)

From: Anonymous To: Dr. Sahebi Saiyed, MD Location: Atlanta - Budd Terrace

Dr. Saiyed, thank you so much for leading the team so effectively from the front. You were way ahead of any guidelines and your vision helped take the patient care to another level. You took the initiative to put guidelines in place for families and visitors long before other guidelines came out. Your sacrifice of time irrespective of day or night and deep personal involvement in taking care of each patient of the facility is truly exemplary. They say and true leader shines in crisis and you absolutely did that. Thank you for the leadership you have shown to all of us around.

From: Karen Esterl To: Dr. Colleen Kraft Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much for taking the time to share information with Advancement and Alumni Engagement at our recent virtual Town Hall. Learning more about what's happening from an expert like you allays anxieties and helps the rest of us to be informed citizens. Know that we appreciate all that you're doing every day to keep our healthcare workers and larger community safe.