Top five ways to thank a health care employee

Here are a few ways you can give back and recognize these valuable community members.

graphic that says "thank you" and "celebrating our health care heroes"

April 7, 2021
The past year in the pandemic has been a challenge for many people — especially health care employees. Employees at MU Health Care have stepped up when we needed them most and led with incredible compassion and sacrifice.

As a way to say “thank you,” the University of Missouri is celebrating its health care employees during a special Health Care Heroes Day on Monday, April 12. Whether you’re on campus or in your own community, here are five ways you can show your appreciation of our health care workers:

  1. Get vaccinated
    Perhaps the No. 1 way you can thank a health care worker is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. All Missourians are eligible to sign up for a COVID vaccine on April 9. Visit the MU Health Care vaccination scheduling page to check on available appointments and find out when upcoming clinics will be available as new batches of vaccine arrive.
  2. Send a thank you note
    One of the easiest ways to show your gratitude is to say it! Share a note of encouragement or upload a picture or video showing your support for MU Health Care employees via this online form. The messages will be distributed to employees throughout the health care system.
  3. Donate blood
    The American Red Cross has an ongoing need for blood and platelet donations, especially during the pandemic. Scheduling a donation appointment online is easy and will help prevent another blood shortage.
  4. Donate time to the Shared Leave Program
    The Shared Leave Program enables eligible employees to donate accrued vacation leave benefits to a pool. This pool is used to provide additional paid leave benefits to eligible employees who have experienced certain catastrophic events personally or within their family and have exhausted other sources of paid leave.
  5. Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund
    The COVID-19 Relief Fund directly benefits MU Health Care’s frontline staff as they help our community navigate this crisis. Your gift will be used to address the needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19, as well as support our staff’s greatest needs as they arise, such as specialized disinfecting technology, food for our staff or additional supplies to ensure MU Health Care is prepared for any future scenarios that may occur.
Get involved on social media

Do you have a health care hero who you'd like to honor for all that they have done for our community during the pandemic? Join us all day Monday, April 12, as the University of Missouri, MU Health Care and Mizzou Athletics celebrate Health Care Heroes Day. In addition to the five ways that you can thank an MU Health Care Hero, we have supplied a Facebook frame so you can directly thank your MU Health Care Hero in your Facebook profile picture. To access the frame:

  1. Go to
  2. Search “MU Health Care Heroes” in the search bar located at the top left of the frame menu.
  3. Crop and adjust your photo.
  4. Click Use as Profile Picture to save.


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