On May 18th, 2020 The City of Mount Vernon’s first responders paid tribute to Wartburg’s frontline staff battling this community’s COVID-19 pandemic on Friday May 15th by parading through Wartburg’s 34-acre campus.
Paying tribute were representatives from the City of Mount Vernon’s Fire Department, Police Department, the Office of the Mayor, City Council, the Department of Public Works, the Recreation Department, and the Office of Emergency Management.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard provided grab and go meals for the second shift staff and said “We are a resilient community and you are here doing heroes work and we just wanted to show our appreciation to you on this day.” The food was provided by Flava’s Kitchen & Catering on Gramatan Avenue.
Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg President & CEO, thanked Wartburg Board Members Thomas A. Roth, Ulrich J. Rosa, Rev. Sarah Payne Brown, and Rev. Dr. Darren M. Morton who were present and also said, “The gesture is an inspiration to this team as we begin to heal in the aftermath of unprecedented physically and emotionally challenging circumstances and I am grateful to the Mayor for recognizing the unsung healthcare heroes who work in the post-acute environment.”