“Hi everybody, it’s Michelle Obama, and I just want to take a few minutes to let you all know how profoundly grateful Barack and I are for the heroic work that all of you are doing in New York right now. We know that you all are facing overwhelming challenges; you’re working around the clock, spending long hours away from your families, and making impossible decisions day by day. You are soothing terrified patients, consoling heartbroken loved ones, summoning every ounce of the compassion and strength that you’ve got and you’re saving countless lives while risking your own.

“I know that you’re exhausted, I know that you must be afraid. But every single day you all continue to show up, and do your jobs with excellence, empathy, and an unwavering devotion to every patient who walks through your doors. I am just in awe of all of you. You embody the very best of who we are, the very best. I know we will get through this crisis because of you.

“So today I just want to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I love you all. I am proud of you all, and I am praying for every single one of you for your safety, your health, your strength, and for the days ahead thanks again take care.”

With several hundred SUNY Downstate frontline doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, lab technicians, and other healthcare and essential workers providing direct and indirect care to our patients at the University Hospital of Brooklyn, messages of hope and encouragement are necessary to help keep their spirits up.

A continuous outpouring of messages, cards, letters, and the generosity of others providing meals and donating critical PPE helps our frontline leaders know that they are significantly supported in their fight to save as many patients as possible.

Several influential individuals are sharing words of hope and encouragement for frontline and other healthcare workers. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is recording such messages for regional distribution.

We are proud that SUNY Downstate is the first hospital in the New York region to receive Mrs. Obama’s message.

We are grateful to President Obama and Mrs. Obama for acknowledging the efforts of first responders, frontline, and other healthcare workers in New York. Mrs. Obama’s message includes words of gratitude, empathy, and compassion.

We are honored to receive this message of encouragement on behalf of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University because we are all in this together.

Listen to Mrs. Obama’s Message of Encouragement for New York Healthcare Workers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSEOxrT7br4.

About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate’s staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit www.downstate.edu or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.