Bay Area healthcare providers showered with appreciation

Medical workers at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital received a special thank you on Friday morning.

The hospital is the latest of several in the Bay Area, and around the country, where doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and all staff members are getting showered with appreciation.

Similar events at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, included police, firefighters, sheriffs officers and EMTs, creating a corridor outside the hospitals' entrance.

They cheer, applaud and thank the doctors, nurses and staff members coming and going from the hospital.

Friday, it was San Francisco's turn. Starting at 6:30 a.m., members of the San Francisco Sheriffs Office, Police and Fire departments, UCSF  police and San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management parked their vehicles outside Zuckerberg San Francisco General and showed their appreciation for health care workers on the front lines of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Most of the appreciation events are timed to happen during the hospitals' overnight-early morning shift change; so that workers wrapping up their overnight shift and those coming in to start their day can bask in the love and appreciation.

Close to 100 first responders lined up outside the hospital entrance, creating a corridor for hospital workers to walk through. The first responders, applauded, waved small American flags and held up signs expressing their gratitude.

“Thank you for doing the job you do, thank you for being out there every day being on the front lines and putting your lives at risk to help others,”  San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said. “I want us all to continue to work together to keep people safe. The community is keeping us safe by staying indoors and adhering to the health orders. Please keep doing that, as we all get through this together.”

Allie Rasmus is a reporter forKTVU.  Email Allie at and follow her on Twitter@arasmusKTVU