See 67-foot high ‘thank you’ to healthcare heroes light show at UAB Hospital (videos +photos)

UAB Light Show Heroes See 67-foot high ‘thank you’ to healthcare heroes light show at UAB Hospital (videos +photos)
Thank you to healthcare professionals digital light show projected on the wall at UAB Hospital by Diversified, a national digital technology provider. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It all started in New York City.  When healthcare professionals ended their shifts, residents throughout the Big Apple would start applauding and making noise to show their deep appreciation of their work in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic.

Last night, in downtown Birmingham at UAB Hospital, a new tradition was launched. A 67-foot high digital ‘thank you’ show was projected onto the wall of the Quarterback Tower at the corner of 19th street and 6th Avenue.

The display was shown between 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the evening of August 26.

Here are videos of the show:

Thank you 

UAB Light Show 3 See 67-foot high ‘thank you’ to healthcare heroes light show at UAB Hospital (videos +photos)
Thank you to healthcare professionals digital light show projected on the wall at UAB Hospital by Diversified, a national digital technology provider. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to a UAB news release, the light show was made possible by a company called Diversified, a national digital technology provider

“We have personally seen the emotional toll COVID-19 has taken on these caregivers who must stare the worst of it in the face daily. They all deserve acknowledgment for being true heroes in this time of crisis. We thought what better way to relay that message than transforming a portion of a 105-foot building into a video screen ‘thank you’ tribute.” ~  David DeGruy, an account executive with Diversified.

Hospitalizations Finally Declining 

UAB Masks Decline See 67-foot high ‘thank you’ to healthcare heroes light show at UAB Hospital (videos +photos)

The light show comes after UAB and local hospitals experienced record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past two months. In the past month, since masks were mandated by the state and local retail establishments the number of  in-patient stays at UAB has declined.  

Stay Tuned

Let’s hope UAB and Diversified team up again with another light show soon. The next show can celebrate their efforts conquering this dreaded virus. 

Meanwhile, THANK YOU for recognizing the heroes among us.

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Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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