Frontline Workers Get an In-N-Out Thank You

North Valley Nursing Center celebrated its hard-working frontline essential employees with a treat by In-N-Out Burger and hosting an afternoon parking lot cookout for the staff in a much-deserved employee appreciation celebration at the facility on May 21.

In California, health care workers are in increasingly high demand and under ever-growing stress. Even prior to the COVID-19-pandemic, North Valley Nursing Center has been committed to protecting employees and patients. The facility has restricted all non-essential visitors, and staff is required to pass a temperature and symptom screening daily prior to entering the work area. However, as the epidemic stretches on the North Valley leadership felt it was not enough to just protect its employees; it wanted to celebrate them as well.

“The world is paying even closer attention to health care workers right now than ever before. The spotlight is on and we want them to truly shine. This is a moment for all team members to be applauded for their tireless and selfless work,” said Bryce Porter, CMO of Sun Mar Healthcare, the advisory company for North Valley Nursing Center. “In-N-Out is a Southern California classic and what better way to put a smile on the faces of the team and show them how much they’re loved and appreciated.”

Each cookout featured giveaways and more. In addition to the lunch, every staff member received a “Superheroes Wear Scrubs” T-shirt.

“At North Valley, we believe our team members are true superheroes,” Porter said. “They put themselves on the frontlines of this pandemic around the clock, out of their love and compassion to the seniors for whom they care. They go and do the work that few people are brave enough to do right now.”

The cookout at North Valley was one stop on Sun Mar Healthcare’s efforts to celebrate 4,000 frontline staff throughout Southern California during the month of May.

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Photos by Mary O’KEEFE