Jimmy Kimmel surprised a Boston nurse with $10,000 on his show Tuesday night as a thank-you for the work she’s been doing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kimmel’s “health care hero” was Taylor Chace-Myers, an ICU Nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who said she has been working 12-hour overnight shifts with limited staff throughout the crisis.
Chace-Myers, who said that she also worked in the trauma ward following the Boston Marathon bombings, told Kimmel that things have been tough at Beth Israel, but praised the strength of her coworkers.
“There’s an overlying tension in general, and it’s hugely anxiety-provoking,” Chace-Myers said. “But our hospital — and Boston in general — our healthcare workers are strong and resilient and we lean on each other a ton, so we have that. I feel like we’ll get through it.”
Chace-Myers said that her husband, an attorney for the Department of Early Education and Care, has been doing his part as well, helping find childcare for frontline workers. To thank them, Kimmel partnered with coffeemaker Lavazza, who gave Chase-Meyers $10,000 and donated 4,500 bags of its coffee to the Beth Israel.
“We just wanted to say thank you,” Kimmel said. “I don’t know how many times we could ever say thank you to be grateful enough for what you’re risking and what you’re doing, but we are — all of us.”