NEWS | May 22, 2020

Local girl's kindness rocks the UC Davis Health campus


When the stay-at-home order was issued, 9-year-old Scarlett Bronner had some time – and paint – on her hands.

Scarlett Bronner rocks the kindness through her mini paintings Scarlett Bronner rocks the kindness through her mini paintings

“I really like rock painting. I think it’s fun because I get to be creative and make people happy,” Bronner said.

What began with inspiring rock messages left for neighbors in East Sacramento soon morphed into a tribute to health care workers at UC Davis Health, where Bronner’s mom works.

Some of Scarlett's artistic expressions of thanks

“I wanted to give back because the people at the hospital are working so hard right now,” Bronner said. “Everyone is scared. I’m scared, too. But UC Davis is doing everything it can to help.”

Bronner and her family made more than 75 rocks and, with permission from hospital leaders, placed them on the UC Davis Medical Center campus. From “You rock, doc” and “HealthcareHeroes”, to detailed faces of staff in masks, Bronner hopes her “kindness rocks” have the same positive impact on UC Davis Health personnel as they did on her neighbors.

The rocks were placed Thursday night and Bronner is excited her project is underway.

“I hope they are surprised and it makes them smile,” Bronner said. “I just want them know they’re appreciated and they’re awesome.”

Rock on!

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit