UAB featured in Harry Connick Jr. CBS television special on heroes of COVID-19

UAB featured in Harry Connick Jr. CBS television special on heroes of COVID-19
Five members of UAB’s environmental services department will be featured in United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes on June 21. (Mx. Granger)
Harry Connick Jr. and daughter, Georgia, interviewed essential workers from UAB’s Environmental Services department. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Jazz At Lincoln Center)

In May, Harry Connick Jr. and a CBS television video crew stopped by UAB Hospital to recognize unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Five members of UAB’s environmental services department will be feted in “United We Sing: A Grammy® Salute to the Unsung Heroes,” airing Sunday, June 21, at 7 p.m. on the CBS network.

The show is hosted by Connick, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer and actor. He and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia Connick, took a road trip in a recreational vehicle to thank and celebrate essential workers who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep others safe. The UAB stop May 12 celebrated those who clean and disinfect hospital rooms and treatment areas during these difficult times.

United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung
Heroes,” featuring UAB’s Environmental Services department, will air Sunday, June 21, at 7 p.m. (UAB News)

“We chose five representative members of our Environmental Services department to meet with Harry Connick Jr., and we could have picked each and every one of our employees,” said Ed Crump, senior director of Environmental Services for UAB Hospital. “We are thrilled that CBS is shining a light on the important work our staff engages in every day: keeping UAB Hospital as clean and safe as possible to minimize the threat of infection for our patients and our health care workers.”

The show will feature appearances by Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Renee Zellweger, along with musical performances by Jon Batiste, Connick, Andra Day, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin’ Dopsie, Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty.

The Connicks’ journey began at their home in Connecticut, with stops in cities along the way to their final destination of New Orleans. At each stop, the father-daughter duo listened to the stories of essential workers in health care, food preparation, sanitation, law enforcement, trucking and more to honor their dedication and public service.

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