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Messages Greet UPMC Chautauqua Staff Amid Outbreak

An unknown person left messages for staff at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The notes offered words of encouragement and praise for the hospital’s employees. P-J photos by Eric Tichy

Words of encouragement and praise amid concerns over the coronavirus have dotted the property surrounding UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown.

The chalk messages, left by an unknown writer, were discovered by hospital staff early Thursday and news quickly spread among employees and the public. One message read “U-R-A Rock Star” while another said “Some superheroes wear scrubs. Thank you.”

First responders — including nurses, doctors and emergency medical technicians — are being praised around the world for their help in battling the coronavirus.

Brian Durniok, UPMC Chautauqua president, said hospital employees were “pleasantly surprised” to see the kind words, especially at a time of uncertainty for staff and the community alike.

“It was great to see the recognition for the work that our people do on a regular basis — for employees who care for the patients and community,” Durniok said. “To see that expressed, that sentiment for us was great.”

“You’re dealing with something that’s very different than anyone in health care has faced in their careers,” he continued. “Seeing the public recognize our entire workforce on a daily basis, I think they recognize that this is an unknown but they’re doing their best.”

Durniok also praised the work being put in by staff at the hospital. “I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and commitment of the people who work at our hospital,” he said. “From our staff to our doctors, everyone is truly showing their best colors right now, raising their game and showing why they’re in this field.”

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