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As we deal with the uncertainty and the rapidly evolving situation that this pandemic has brought, one thing has remained constant: support from our community.

People from all walks of life are stepping up to provide food for our workers on the frontlines, make donations and offer words of encouragement. We say this a lot, but it’s true: We’re deeply humbled by and grateful for the many ways you all have been there for each other. Here are a few highlights from this past week.

Thank you, Lizzo

This is one truth that doesn’t hurt: Lizzo, the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, sent lunch to emergency department staff at UW Medical Center – Montlake this past Monday. She also sent a special video message of thanks and encouragement, which you can watch here.

thank you Lizzo

Husky Pride

Thank you to Washington Husky Football coach Jimmy Lake for recording a video to show gratitude to all of our healthcare workers — and reminding us what Husky Pride truly means. Watch the video.

A school’s gratitude

A teacher from an elementary school in Pennsylvania sent cards and drawings that her class made to show their appreciate for healthcare workers.


kids drawings

kid letter


Kind words of the week

“Thank you for your courage and passion for saving lives. I hope my children will grow up to be like you all.” -from a donor

Other inspiring updates

We’re motivated this week by the members of Team Transplant, who are finding ways to meet their fitness goals while still social distancing. The team is inspirational on a normal day — all the members are transplant recipients — but even more so now. From walking to training to running multiple miles, everyone on the team is staying active.

walking and running

We’re also inspired by this CNN news segment featuring our own Dr. John Lynch. In the segment, a reporter chronicles how the team at Harborview Medical Center has rapidly adapted to provide the best care for COVID-19 patients and make sure all patients and staff are kept safe during this pandemic. Watch the video.

Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work and support of each other. We hope the coming week is full of inspiring moments.


Lisa Brandenburg
President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics

Timothy H. Dellit, MD
Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
President, UW Physicians