Vassar on the Front Lines

Voices from a Pandemic

Philip D. Cooke ’91

Philip D. Cooke is the Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in Manhattan. Since March 11, he has been working to ensure the Harlem Hospital Center patient care staff’s needs are being met.

Submitted May 27, 2020

Message #1 Harlem Hospital’s Storyteller

“If I had to say in a sentence what the charge has been, it’s to be Harlem’s storyteller, Harlem’s griot, Harlem’s documentarian to make sure that during this process everything is precise, well documented and shared appropriately.”

Message #2 A Tribute to Nurses

“I’ve seen your courage. I’ve seen your character. I’ve seen your heart. I’ve seen your spirit. I’ve seen you be a nurse.”

Message #3 “Smile”

“This song is getting nurses at Harlem Hospital through this pandemic. We will continue to smile until we get through this!”

“SMILE” written by Kirk Franklin @kirkfranklin @RCAINSPIRATION.

Message #4 “Rise Up”

“This amazing song kept first responders, front line health care heroes and essential workers at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem (Harlem Hospital Center) going during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their music inspired us and allowed us to persevere as a hospital and a community. Thank you.”

“Rise Up” written by Andra Day/Jennifer DeCilveo@Buskin Records/Warner Brothers Records
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