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Paying tribute to our COVID-19 Heroes
Next time you’re on the corner of W. 168th Street and Broadway, take a look up, and you’ll notice a new street name.
In the spring, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian employees, elected officials, and community members gathered to commemorate the co-naming of 168th Street, between Broadway and Fort Washington, as Healthcare Heroes Way. The co-naming honors health care workers who have served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The movement to co-name the street began in 2020, with a community-led effort spearheaded by Daryl Cochrane. Cochrane is in his third term on Community Board 12 serving Washington Heights and Inwood, where he has lived for more than 20 years.
“I hope co-naming this street Healthcare Heroes Way is the first of many recognitions for those who saved our city and our community from one of the worst crises of our lifetime,” says Cochrane. “These real-life heroes continue to be professional and compassionate in the face of uncertainty.”
The naming of this street is a wonderful tribute to the thousands of health care providers, medical researchers, students, administrators, and many others in crucial support roles who have been instrumental in fighting this pandemic. We are truly humbled by the communitys support throughout this historic crisis.
Anil K. Rustgi, MD
Interim Executive Vice President and
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at
Columbia University Irving Medical Center and
Director of the HICCC