Emergency room workers get Labor Day lunch treat

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Labor Day is another busy day on the job for doctors and nurses in the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital off of Abercorn Street.

They got a special delivery on Monday thanks to the Olive Garden for "laboring" on Labor Day.

For the emergency room staff at St. Joseph's Hospital, it's all about taking care of their patients, which doesn't leave much time for lunch breaks.

"It's a 24-hour day job, seven days a week. This place never closes. We are always here. I think some people might forget that, and it is long hours – 12-hour shifts," said ER Resource Coordinator Joey Robertson.

In the middle of their shifts, they got a surprise visit from Reece Green and Crystal from Olive Garden, who brought pasta, lasagna, bread sticks and dessert in the emergency room's break room.

The effort is all part of a nationwide "Hospitaliano" campaign by the restaurant to thank to those who are serving the community on Labor Day.

"We give back to the community, showing them we appreciate everything they are doing and we serve them lunch," said Green.

Robertson said the lunch is a nice surprise for his staff who work so hard - not just on Labor Day but every day.

"I'm really glad they picked us we appreciate it. It's nice to know someone out in the community is aware of what we do and how hard we work and what we do to provide for the city of Savannah," said Robertson.

Even if it's a short break, the staff is happy they being recognized on Labor Day.

"It's especially nice when somebody is saying good job and well done," said Robertson.

This is the 10th year that Olive Gardens across the country have been serving lunches to hundreds of fire stations, police departments and hospital emergency rooms.

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