Our Health Care Heroes

Honoring the 40,000+ health care workers that saved New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This website is a digital salute and multi-platform storytelling project featuring stories and experiences that honor the 40,000+ brave NYC Health + Hospitals workforce heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their dedication thousands of New Yorkers with COVID-19 recovered in our hospitals and have returned home.

The mission of the site is to document and preserve their heroic legacy for future generations and inspire the recovery of our city in months and years ahead. We also hope the site serves as a powerful archive for all New Yorkers to reflect on these experiences, show gratitude to our health care workers and provide support to them and their families.

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Care Heroes in the News


This project is dedicated to all the NYC Health + Hospitals' fearless health care heroes who made unmeasurable sacrifices to save lives before losing the fight to COVID-19.


Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund for their generous donation that made possible the photography and video sections of this website.

All NYC Health + Hospitals staff members who shared their stories for this project for their generosity and commitment to their teams and to NYC Health + Hospitals at large and for their devotion and compassion for our patients and their families.


This website was created by the Communications and Marketing team of NYC Health + Hospitals with photography by John Rae and videos by the Bronx Documentary Center.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than 1 million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city's five boroughs including 11 hospitals, five nursing homes, dozens of community-based health centers, a home care agency. The public health system also manages correctional health services in the city's jails, and has its own health plan, MetroPlus. Its diverse workforce of more than 40,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. The system's mission is to care for all regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Our Heroes

Profiles of Courage

Meet 25 health care heroes from our hospitals, nursing homes, and other parts of the NYC Health + Hospitals system. Each profile offers a closer, intimate look at the vital role each staff member played in our pandemic response.


Scenes of a Pandemic

Fighting a Virus and Scared for Our Lives

A gripping photo essay and powerful visual narrative of the pandemic as it unfolded at our facilities -- from the frantic intensive care units and emergency departments, to the pure and tender moments of our heroes caring for patients and supporting each other.


Inside the Surge

A series of documentary-style videos featuring the heroic work of our staff. The first two videos of the series feature the experiences of Respiratory Therapists and the support provided to staff facing emotional and psychological trauma through our Helping Healers Heal program.


COVID-19 by the Numbers

Data trends, patient volume, PPE use and other key indicators that made the NYC public health system a leader in pandemic response locally and nationally.

The data in this section covers different periods between March and July of 2020.

Join the Conversation

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Help us help them.

In this COVID-19 crisis, our dedicated, compassionate, brave workforce of more than 40,000 employees are needed more than ever before. Your non-restricted donation can help us provide much needed services and support to our doctors, nurses, and other health care workers on the front line.