Poughkeepsie mayor shows appreciation for medical workers during COVID-19

Rolison and DPW workers at MHRH

POUGHKEEPSIE – City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, with the assistance of city DPW workers, installed banners at MidHudson Regional Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and the Mobile Life Support Services ambulance substation on Wednesday afternoon.

“The city has an amazing group of first responders from the police and fire departments and they are supplemented by the medics at Mobile Life and the healthcare workers at Vassar and MidHudson Regional,” Rolison said.  Rolison had five banners made and had two installed at each hospital and one at Mobile Life to let the medics and healthcare workers know that the city appreciates their efforts during the pandemic.  “We want the people on the front lines to know that we appreciate all of their efforts during this unprecedented time,” he said.

MLSS Pershing Avenue shop.

Starting at the Mobile Life substation on Pershing Avenue, DPW workers erected the banner that Rolison provided.  The banner says, “Mobile Life Personnel Are Our Heroes!  Thank You from: The City of Poughkeepsie.”  

The banner faces the street so that the MLSS crews can see it every time they pull into the shop.  Rolison did not tell the ambulance service that he was having the banner installed but MLSS learned about it within minutes.  “We are so proud of our EMTs, paramedics and support staff for their hard work and dedication during this pandemic. The recognition by Mayor Rob Rolison and the City of Poughkeepsie is truly appreciated,” said Scott Woebse, president and CEO of Mobile Life Support Services.

Mayor Rob Rolison ad Chris Howard, Director of the Emergency Department at MHR Hospital.

The mayor and the DPW crew left Mobile Life and proceeded to MidHudson Regional where the crew erected one banner in front of the atrium and one near the entrance to the emergency department, carrying the message “Healthcare Workers Are Our Heroes!  Thank You from: The City of Poughkeepsie.”  

Christopher Howard, the director of the hospital’s emergency department joined Rolison as the sign was being installed and called it “A very welcome recognition from the mayor and the City of Poughkeepsie.”

Across town, two identical signs were installed at Vassar Brothers to recognize the efforts of the hospital employees working on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.  

Rolison was joined by the hospital’s Tim Massie who was thankful for Rolison’s gesture.  

“Just to know that the community is behind us during a very difficult time means a lot to every single employee at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and all of Nuvance Health,” Massie said.

Admiring the signs, Rolison added “I want every person that works in this hospital to know that the City of Poughkeepsie is thinking of them.”

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