BENDIGO Health has thanked people around the region for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the form of messages and donations.
Chief executive Peter Faulkner also commended the community for a "fantastic job" following public health requirements.
The message is part of a week-long event Thank You Bendigo.
It's designed to give community members a chance to thank others, businesses and organisations for coming together during the COVID-19 crisis.
It will culminate in Friday's Grand Final public holiday, which Mr Faulkner said the Premier had dubbed Thank You Day.
A mural newly chalked onto a wall facing the hospital bears the thank you message, giving people a chance to pose, then post thanks to social media.
Mr Faulkner said angel wings had been used to represent healthcare workers in other regions, but Bendigo Health thought they were fitting for the community as well.
He said people had been "just so tolerant" of harsh visitor restrictions, that kept staff safe.
"We reckon the Bendigo community have been angels in the level of support they've extended, the observation of the public health measures," he said.
"The community have made our job just that little bit easier, by support, by doing the right thing."
Artist Reece Hendy said the angel wings were designed to foster engagement, because people loved getting a photo in front of them.
Mr Hendy said the wings let people share the positive message across social media.
He and fellow artist Wes Franklin will make a video to show people how they can get involved with chalk at home.
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann said the week was about saying thank you.
Mr Niemann thanked Bendigo Health staff for their exceptional leadership and responsiveness to the pandemic. He said this response had really helped the region get a good outcome. He thanked the community and businesses for their hard work during the pandemic.
Anyone is welcome to take a photo with the angel wings, on the Monash University School or Rural Health in Mercy Street. Share your message using #Thankyoubendigo, @thankyoubendigo or visiting the event page on Facebook.
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