Healthcare Hero Salute: Alta Bates Summit Honored by First Responder Parade
OAKLAND, CALIF. –Members of local
fire and police departments lead a grand procession of first responders to four hospitals
to show their appreciation and highlight the dedication of the healthcare professionals
working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Staff at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Summit and Alta Bates campuses were saluted by a mile-long parade featuring dozens of fire trucks and police vehicles, ambulances, motorcycles, two helicopters –and even two mounted police at the Summit campus. The first responders represented local fire departments, law enforcement agencies and medical transport teams from the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont, plus Alameda county and U.C. Berkeley.
Sirens wailing, lights flashing and posters waving, the first responders cheered enthusiastically to show their appreciation and respect for Alta Bates Summit staff, nurses and physicians who have worked selflessly to care for our patients and the community in this unprecedented emergency.
“We are thrilled and humbled that the Oakland fire and police departments are honoring Alta Bates Summit Medical Center staff and physicians with this very special salute. We are all in this together and it is our honor to serve our community alongside the first responders during this unprecedented time,” said David Clark, CEO of Alta Bates Summit.
As partners in our collective work to keep the community healthy and safe, a the Oakland Fire Department is honored to join first responders from the East Bay to show our appreciation for all the dedicated health care workers and staff who provide essential care every day, and especially as we grapple with the local impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic,” said Oakland Fire Department Interim Chief Melinda Drayton
Oakland Police Chief Susan E. Manheimer
said, “This is our way of showing appreciation to our frontline medical personnel
during this health pandemic. We appreciate the hard work being done each day during
this challenging time.”
The procession began at Highland Hospital in Oakland, proceeded to Kaiser Oakland, and then visited Alta Bates Summit’s Oakland and Berkeley campuses.