Nurses and phlebotomists and therapists, office workers and technicians and administrators wandered out of CHI St. Elizabeth and looked up on a sunny Monday afternoon.
Across 70th Street, health care workers from the VA clinic dotted the expansive lawn.
And before long, a KC-135 Stratotanker flew overhead, at a socially distant 1,000 to 1,500 feet — the Nebraska National Guard’s way of saying thank you.
"This is our special way of honoring our health care professionals and neighbors for how they have responded and come together as Nebraskans during these unprecedented times," said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska National Guard adjutant general.
The flyover was part of a pre-planned training flight and included more than 30 Nebraska hospitals, ending with those in Lincoln. Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours annually.
“I think it’s great,” said Anne Millman, a phlebotomist who stood among the masked health care workers outside St. Elizabeth. “I think it’s super cool.”
Leah Julian, a registered nurse who works in outpatient services, said it’s a nice “nod” and acknowledgement to those who are working with COVID-19 patients.
Nurses volunteered to work on those units, said Rhonda Souchek, a registered nurse in the St. Elizabeth wound center. Many of the volunteers were young and single and volunteered so those with families at home they wanted to protect didn’t have to, she said.
The plane flew over, coming from the east and heading toward the Bryan East and West campuses, and those in scrubs and masks and office attire pointed their phones skyward, then applauded.
Connie Johnson and Ardel Daffer stood on the sidelines, cheering, too.
Both women are retired and decided to come to the hospital as a show of support.
“It’s a perfect opportunity to say thanks to the front-line workers,” Johnson said.
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Nebraska National Guard flyover
Bagpipe birthday parade
Responding to the need
Nebraska Strong PSA
Treats for rescued dogs
Bryan drive-thru dance
Worth the wait video
Guard helps Food Bank of Lincoln
Red carpet for essential workers
Snow toilet paper
Sew Creative masks
Lunch date with a squirrel
Red Cloud's parking lot graduation
Chicken for the mission
Homemade masks for the mission
Coffee for health care workers
Quilted mask covers
We're in This Together
Happy birthday from NSP
Switching to hand sanitizer
Minden Christmas lights
Cruisin' at home
The show went on … a month early
Relaying a COVID-19 test
Finding a way to connect
Child Advocacy Center
Dance recital with Dad
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