Olive Garden staff delivered a Labor Day meal to emergency room staff at Northside Hospital Sept. 3. Pictured are, from left, Emergency Services Nurse Dean Hetterich; Olive Garden manager Matt Fox with his son Mateo and employee Annie, who suffered a heart attack this year and was treated at the hospital; Emergency Services Nurse Eric Botsford; Case Manager Lesley Moseley and paramedics Kenny Frissell and James Marshall.
ST. PETERSBURG – The staff of the Olive Garden in Pinellas Park delivered a complimentary lunch for the emergency room staff at Northside Hospital Sept. 3, in celebration of Labor Day and in honor of one of the restaurant’s employees.
Olive Gardens across the country choose to recognize a service organization each Labor Day.
“This year, we decided to deliver to the Northside emergency staff, because of Annie,” said Olive Garden manager Matt Fox.
In February, Annie Sipe of St. Petersburg said she had “a small heart attack” while working at the Olive Garden. She went to Northside Hospital for treatment.
“Our ER department was able to get her treatment quickly, and she was back at work that spring,” explained Northside Hospital spokeswoman Aimee Bennett.
Sipe has worked at Olive Garden for almost 23 years. She’s helped deliver food to local services in prior Labor Days and said she’s always enjoyed participating.
Sipe said she was able to return to work about two weeks after her initial visit to the hospital. She became better acquainted with the hospital staff during follow up visits. Maybe a little familiar, she joked.
The restaurant, located at 6700 U.S. 19, left salad, breadsticks and pasta for the staff of Northside to enjoy at their leisure.