American Airlines Surprises Hospital Staff at Center of Coronavirus Pandemic with Free Vacations

May 9, 2020
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Medical workers at one of the hardest hit hospitals fighting the coronavirus pandemic received some well-deserved good news on Friday.

During a weekly staff call, employees at Elmhurst Hospital in New York were surprised to find out American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels were giving every single one of them free vacations.

In total, more than 4000 staff members will receive the free airfare and hotel accomodations.

“American Airlines and Hyatt are coming together to show their appreciation to one of the hospitals hardest hit by COVID-19 in the U.S.,” the two companies said in a joint statement.

“From doctors, physician assistants and nurses to facilities and food service teams, the staff—more than 4,000—at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst will be treated to roundtrip flights on American Airlines to Hyatt hotels in select destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean.”

As New York City became the epicenter of the pandemic, Elmhurst Hospital increased intensive care unit capacity by 500%. In March, the New York City Health Department labeled the 545-bed facility the “center of the crisis.”

“Every worker at Elmhurst has seen and experienced challenges many of us cannot imagine. They’ve given so much of themselves and chose to serve their community with care, compassion and equity for every patient,” added Robert Isom, President of American Airlines.

“When they are able to take a break, we hope the time away will help them and their loved ones recharge and that they feel our deepest appreciation for their sacrifice and heroism.”

The news comes on the heels of JetBlue announcing they would be giving 100,000 free flights to healthcare workers located in New York City and around the country.

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