Healthcare leaders are asking families and communities to leave their Christmas lights up for another month to honor frontline healthcare workers.
“One reason we moved in this neighborhood was the festive Christmas atmosphere, I think our healthcare workers are heroes and if I get to keep my Christmas lights up a little longer that’s a bonus” says Henderson resident Rob Carroll.
Healthcare workers are continuing to get vaccinated, the stress and burnout is mounting for those in the medical field.
"I think here healthcare workers our doctors are nurses are therapists you know that have not had a break and to be recognized by the community by the city I think was very touching and meant a lot to a lot of people" said Baptist Health Madisonville Chief Medical Officer Dr. Wayne Lipson.
20-year-old Jonathan Shockley has lived on his own the last two years, he says he'll keep his lights on, “ I fully support having the lights on the extra month because they have put in a whole lot of work trying to make sure we have all the resources necessary and ready for us when it’s time for us to get our vaccine“ Shockley adds.
Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Kentucky's capitol started this initiative over the weekend to show gratitude and support for paramedics, EMT's, nurses, doctors and other healthcare supporting roles.
That initiative caught on with other healthcare providers across the commonwealth including Madisonville's Baptist Health and Owensboro Health.
“ I am definitely in support of it especially because hopefully when we take it down it’ll be a little bit warmer outside“ says Sydney Carroll.
Health leaders want you to keep Christmas lights up until Jan. 31.