American Airlines and Hyatt Give 4,000 Workers at Elmhurst Hospital Free Vacations

By Kurt Stolz on 10 May 2020
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American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels announced that the two are jointly giving 4,000 doctors, nurses, and other employees at Elmhurst Hospital Center three-day trips to destinations of their choice in the United States and the Caribbean.

Also known as NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst, the facility was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the city.  At the height of the outbreak in New York, the hospital had increased the number of beds in its intensive care units by 500%.

The employees there were “extremely grateful” for the surprise gift, said Israel Rocha, the hospital’s CEO.  “We look forward to taking advantage of these well-earned vacations in the near future,” he added.

The list of workers receiving the travel gifts not only includes doctors and nurses but food service workers and hospital support staff.

The New York City area has seen 188,100 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 19,324 deaths since the outbreak began, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

It was a way for Hyatt and American to show their gratitude to “some of the heroes of this pandemic,” said Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian.

American Airlines said it was the carrier’s largest donation ever to a single cause.

The workers have “given so much of themselves and chose to serve their community with care, compassion and equity for every patient,” said the airline’s president, Robert Isom.

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