Ways to thank a health care provider

It’s no secret. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the emotional well-being of many, including health care professionals. During the last two years, has the pandemic caused you stress, fatigue or burnout?

Celebrate Health Care Providers

On National Doctors’ Day (March 30), the University Health Foundation would like to do something special to honor our health care providers.  

During the pandemic, these professionals were heralded as frontline heroes. They are fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses, children and our neighbors. And like you and I, they grieve, they tire and they struggle from time to time. They also appreciate the impact of a sincere thank you.

The Science Behind “Thank You”

Studies* show that expressions of gratitude from patients to physicians are linked to:

  • Enhanced feelings of well-being
  • Decreased emotional exhaustion
  • Increased sense of personal accomplishment
  • Decreased burnout

We invite you to share your gratitude with a health care professional who has made an impact on your life or the life of a loved one.  

Below are a few suggestions on how you can express your gratitude with a special health care provider.

Express Yourself

Sharing gratitude is proven to elevate one’s joy and happiness, with 23% of the study’s respondents reporting reduced stress and 19% reporting less depression.

We invite you and your family to share a story or words of gratitude, and upload photos or works of art. Sharing gratitude can lead to stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure and a better night’s sleep.

Thank Your Doctor or Caregiver


Donate your time to a good cause. Studies show that helping others increases happiness and can help fight depression—the more you give, the happier you can feel.

University Health Foundation is looking for volunteers to help us with event and marketing activities. You can volunteer at the hospital, too.   

Learn more about volunteering with University Health

Donate Blood

Donating blood is free and saves lives. University Health is the region's only Level 1 Civilian Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, which means our doctors treat some of the most critical and traumatic injuries.

Your donation could benefit trauma, cancer, transplant or high-risk pregnancy patients—helping your doctors save lives.  

Schedule Donation

Donate in Honor

When you donate in honor of a health care provider at University Health, we personally notify them of the generous donation made by you because of their good work.

Your donations help us drive advancement in medical care and provide patients with the best possible outcomes. Your generosity supports your doctors with the tools and support they need to excel and provide compassionate service.  

Make an Impact

Gratitude is good medicine not just for those who receive it but also for those who share it.


Converso, D., Loera, B., Viotti, S., Martini, M. (2015, April 1). Frontiers in Psychology. “Do positive relations with patients play a protector role for healthcare employees”.

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