Hospitals Are Empowering Recovered COVID Patients By Playing Iconic ‘Rocky’ Theme as They Are Discharged

These Massachusetts hospitals are drawing inspiration from the beloved Rocky movies as a means of empowering their patients who have recovered from COVID-19.

Whenever a patient has been successfully treated for the novel coronavirus and declared ready to leave the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, healthcare workers have begun calling for a #CodeRocky over the hospital’s speaker system.

All available staffers can then gather together in the hospital hallways in order to offer a rousing round of applause to the patient as they are wheeled out of the building.

Not only that, the healthcare workers play the iconic theme song from the Rocky series for extra enthusiasm.

In a video that was uploaded to the hospital’s Facebook video last week, staffers captured the heartwarming moment that one of their patients was discharged through the #CodeRocky initiative—and although the theme song was reportedly playing over the speakers, it’s almost impossible to hear the triumphant music over the sound of the cheering and applause.


The #CodeRocky initiative has proven itself to be particularly encouraging to the healthcare workers fighting the virus, too.

“This is one of our ways to recognize the healing and recovery of patients with COVID-19,” wrote the hospital’s Facebook page. “As one of our employees said: ‘This is what my heart needed. Thank you Baystate healthcare workers for making a difference!’”

The hospital administrators say that they are now implementing #CodeRocky across all four of their state locations for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

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