People can show their support for UConn Health by displaying not red, but blue hearts in their window or on their lawn, Stacy Mancarella, UConn Health marketing specialist, said.
“I think people are looking for ways to help and show support,” she said. “There’s a deep appreciation for our healthcare workers right now, and this is one way [to] show that appreciation.”
There are multiple ways to create a heart sign, Mancarella said. There are two options available to print from the UConn Health website. People can either download the original heart or print a blank template. She said that anyone is welcome to create their own and she’s intrigued to see what people come up with.
“A displayed heart seems to have gained a near universal representation of healthcare worker support and gratitude,” Mancarella said.
According to UConn Today, the idea of a blue heart drawing was created by the daughter and family of a doctor at UConn Health. Although only the “young artist” can explain why she chose blue, Mancarella said that blue is a signature color of UConn Health.
“The family shared it with us, and we decided to share it with as many people as we could,” Mancarella said. “It’s a heartwarming story, and we can all use more of those, especially now.”
Jennifer Walker, health information officer and deputy spokesperson, said that the signs have been spotted in numerous places, including now, inside the hospital. She said that the staff is touched after seeing all the blue hearts.
“Our healthcare workers really enjoy the support that they are receiving from the community- after a long day treating patients it means a lot to drive home and see the hearts on [peoples’] homes,” Walker said. “Beyond the support that they feel, there is a sense of pride to work for UConn Health.”
Rachel Philipson is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.