SOMERVILLE, NJ - The medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset has found over the past three months that thanks comes in many forms from an extended community grateful for their extraordinary efforts fighting back against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A steady stream of free meals purchased by donors from area restaurants arrives daily, from pizzas to three-course meals, a coordinated effort that has seen more than $340,000 worth of food delivered to the lobby around the clock for distribution to the 2,200 employees on staff.
Face masks, gowns and face shields, many of them made on 3D printers by high school students; have been donated; illustrations and letters from young children adorn the lobby, hallways and work stations on all floors of the hospital. One of the highlights was an Instagram message from NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who called in to the intensive care unit to offer his thanks.
On Thursday, yet another form of appreciation was extended to the hospital staff - a deep cleaning for their personal vehicles, provided as a courtesy by JAN-PRO Central Jersey, based in Edison.
More than 100 employees had signed up in advance, and lined up in their cars in a parking lot adjacent to the hospital.to have their cars, mini-vans and SUVs spray-treated.
Tom Weidemann, director of sales/assistant manager and Juan Leon, director of operations for JAN-PRO, applied a nontoxic liquid called Envirocleanse to the interiors of each vehicle, The liquid is an EPA-approved disinfectant that kills SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Jan-Pro uses proprietary cleansing agents, applicable in a broad spectrum of settngs - residential, commercial, institutions, schools, hospitals and other medical facilities.
Based on the success of Thursday's event at RWJUH/Somerset, Weidemann said the company is considering extending their cleansing service to other hospital staffs.
Weidemann's wife is an employee at the hospital.