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Health care workers around the world are on the front lines in response to the ongoing crisis. In recognition of their heroic staff, Grand Blanc, Mich.-based McLaren Health Care has partnered with the Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars to have Little Caesars pizza delivered to their 14 Michigan hospital locations as a way to say “thank you.”

All told, the Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars donated more than 1,500 pizzas to feed all McLaren Hospital employees lunch and dinner across Michigan. Little Caesars used its Love Kitchen semi-trucks to help deliver the pizzas to McLaren’s largest locations in Detroit, Mount Clemens, Flint and Bay City.

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire personally thanked the McLaren Health Care employees in a video shared by the Tigers Twitter account.

“On behalf of all of us with the Tigers, I want to send a thank-you to all the heroic healthcare providers at all McLaren and Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Gardenhire. “You have continued to answer the call during this unprecedented time, and we are grateful for your dedication and sacrifice to keep the communities we live, and work in, healthy. We truly appreciate your dedication through these challenging times.”

This initiative is part of Little Caesars commitment to donating a million pizzas to healthcare workers nationwide. Customers can join the effort by using the Little Caesars app to #PieItForward and send a pizza to medical personnel, police and firefighters in their local areas.  

“We are very appreciative that two such outstanding Michigan icons as the Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars recognize the commitment and courage of our healthcare workers in rising up to this challenge,” said Phil Incarnati, President and CEO of McLaren Health Care. “We thank both organizations for their support of our valued employees who have been at the forefront everyday caring for patients throughout this COVID-19 crisis.”

The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 450-member employed primary care physician network, and Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Learn more at www.mclaren.org.