Rooney ensures the Easter bunny is an essential worker for St. Barnabas hospital employees

A cart loaded with Easter baskets being delivered to St. Barnabas Hospital corporate office Monday. (Assemblyman Kevin Rooney’s office/Nichole Ginis).

LIVINGSTON — It is a bit difficult at the moment for the Easter bunny to get everywhere, so Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney wanted to help out. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, nurses, doctors and other health care workers have been selflessly prioritizing their patients’ health for weeks, and Rooney wanted to make sure they knew just how much they were appreciated this Easter Sunday.

On Monday, Rooney delivered 20 Easter baskets to the corporate office across the street from the hospital in Livingston – one for each COVID-19 unit at the hospital. The baskets will be delivered Easter morning and are filled with breakfast and protein bars, and of course Easter chocolates.

“While most of us stay safely at home to help prevent the spread of the virus, the pandemic has completely uprooted medical workers’ personal lives,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “We can’t possibly tell them how important what they do means to us. We can only make simple gestures of thanks.”

Hospital workers at St. Barnabas have been sharing glimpses into their new normal on social media, showing professionalism and compassion, which inspired the assemblyman.