Local health officials encourage community to keep up holiday lights for healthcare heroes

December 28, 2020

Baptist Health Madisonville asks Western Kentucky to keep holiday lights on display through January 31.

(Madisonville, Ky.) Dec. 28, 2020 Baptist Health Madisonville, in an effort to continue to focus on the hope and joy of the holiday season, is asking Western Kentucky to keep holiday lights on display through January 31 as a way to encourage and inspire healthcare workers and first responders who continue fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.

By keeping holiday lights up longer than usual, our community can display their support for the healthcare heroes who have been fighting this virus for the last nine months.

“There is no denying that our staff is weary from the physical and emotional toll of what they see every day,” said Robert Ramey, Baptist Health Madisonville president. “The new vaccine is offering hope, but the reality is that we have months to go in this pandemic. This very small gesture of keeping your Christmas lights up is a way to show our community’s support for Baptist Health Madisonville staff.”

Keep the Lights Up for Healthcare Heroes, which was launched in Kentucky by Frankfort Regional Medical Center, wants healthcare staff across Kentucky to see support and gratitude across the state’s communities. The holiday lights will be a display of support to healthcare heroes as they drive to or from work shifts.

Businesses, families and organizations can get involved in multiple ways:

  1. Delay taking down your holiday lights until Jan. 31.
  2. Help spread this message.
  3. Share photos of your neighborhood, business or your own home to your social media accounts with the hashtag #LightsUp4Heroes and tag @BaptistHealthMadisonville.
  4. If you know a healthcare hero personally, thank them for all they are doing to end this pandemic and treat those who are fighting this virus in our hospitals, doctors’ offices, and at home.
  5. Please send a message of support to our Baptist Health Madisonville staff or any healthcare worker.  Messages can be mailed to Baptist Health Administration at 900 Hospital Drive in Madisonville or sent via private message to our Facebook page.