Watch heartwarming videos of recovered patients leaving NYC hospitals to applause

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
Editor, Time Out New York
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Hospitals around New York are applauding, playing music and even dancing when they discharge recovered patients.

It's a harrowing situation at many ERs—nearly 30,000 people have been hospitalized—so when a patient leaves with a cleaner bill of health, it's truly a cause for celebration.

A handful of NYC hospitals have posted videos of patients leaving through their doors to applause and music, and it is undeniably uplifting to see some actually good news.

Mount Sinai Morningside

Mount Sinai has released more than 200 patients to date. It has what it calls a "Pause and Applause" program, where the staff celebrates (applauds) the patients they discharge and reflects (pauses) upon the lives they've lost and the lives they've yet to save, according to an Instagram post.

A video shows a patient being rolled out of the building to applause.

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Today, staff gathered in the lobby to celebrate COVID-19 positive patients being discharged from our hospital (a growing number every day!). - This is part of our new “Pause and Applause” program at Mount Sinai Morningside, where we celebrate (applaud) the COVID-19 positive patients we are able to discharge and to take time to reflect (pause) upon the lives we have lost, and the lives we have yet to save. - To date, we have discharged 219 patients to other sites to convalesce or home to their loved ones. - 📷 @legallymaxed - - - - - - #celebration #hero #covidfree #discharged #dischargeday #thankyou #applause #congratulations #congrats #patient #patientcare #celebratelife #celebrateothers #success #morningsideheights #morningside #morningsidenyc #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #covid19 #covid #coronavirus #staysafe #healthcare #healthcareheroes #heroes #hospital #harlem #westharlem

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New York-Presbyterian Queens

New York-Presbyterian Queens actually plays Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ throughout the hospital each time a patient is released and on the road to recovery.

It's video shows patients in wheelchairs being escorted toward the doors to cheering as the song blasts.

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