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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending April 17th

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Temple University Health System’s preparations for and treatment of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic continue to be part of the media’s COVID-19 coverage.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer went behind-the-scenes at Temple University Hospital (TUH) during the coronavirus pandemic. The publication highlighted how TUH, which is treating the most COVID-19 patients in Philadelphia, transformed the Boyer Pavilion building into a coronavirus hospital. The Inquirer article and accompanying video featured interviews with Claire Raab, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer of TUH; Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, George S. Peters, MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Surgeon-in-Chief of Temple University Health System; Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at LKSOM and Director of the Temple Lung Center; and Frank A. Evans, RN, and Felicia Nemick, RN, registered nurses in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit. The piece attracted national attention and was mentioned on CNBC’s “Mad Money” show.
  • Michael A. Young, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, and David Fleece, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Temple University Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, shared their insight with Becker’s Hospital Review about what hospital and health system leaders need to know and what actions they need to take during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Temple University Hospital has treated the first patient in the United States in the BREATHE clinical trial evaluating the impact of intravenous treatment with gimsilumab on mortality for patients with COVID-19 and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Dr. Criner is the principal investigator at TUH for the trial. Multiple outlets, including the Philadelphia Business Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Marketplace, Markets Insider, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported on the news.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, spoke at length with MSNBC as a live guest about the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Reed highlighted the coordinated effort between health systems, the city of Philadelphia, and the state of Pennsylvania; the factors that are necessary for the reopening of areas; and other related topics.
  • Dr. Reed also offered insight to WHYY on the medications used for patients who are on ventilators and the supplies of those drugs. The Philadelphia Tribune picked up the WHYY article.
  • Dwight McBee, Chief Experience Officer at Temple University Health System, spoke with PhillyVoice about how individuals can advocate for and connect with family members who are in the hospital during the pandemic.
  • Kathleen Reeves, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Director of the Center for Urban Bioethics; and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, was interviewed by WHYY about the coronavirus pandemic and its effect in minority communities. Some of the Center’s initiatives during COVID-19 have included printing 10,000 flyers about social distancing in Spanish and English for distribution at supermarkets and corner stores, as well as partnering with community organizations to connect families with necessities. The Center has delivered 300 bags of groceries weekly throughout the neighborhood. The WHYY article was picked up by the Philadelphia Tribune.
  • Michael DeAngelis, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and Mary Adamson, RN, a registered ICU nurse, joined the GivePhillyEats live stream on YouTube to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Daniel del Portal, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Associate Director of Clinical Operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital, and President of the Temple University Hospital Medical Staff, explained what it has been like on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic for an NBC10 segment.
  • Hernan Alvarado, Director of Respiratory Therapy at Temple University Health System, described how the coronavirus attacks the lungs in a segment with 6ABC.
  • La’Cinda Trotter returned to Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus to thank the nurses who cared for her during the coronavirus pandemic with a free dinner. Ms. Trotter contracted the virus but has made a full recovery. 6ABC captured the reunion.
  • Rohit Soans, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Temple University Hospital, joined 6ABC to discuss how obesity is a major risk factor for the coronavirus.
  • Natalia Ortiz-Torrent, MD, FAPA, FAPM, FPCP, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Medical Director of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital, was interviewed by Telemundo 62 about coronavirus prevention education/outreach in the Latinx community.
  • Curtis Miyamoto, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Associate Director for Clinical Services at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital, offered comments to WHYY on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s efforts asking Governor Tom Wolf to grant temporary immunity from malpractice claims to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Roberto Caricchio, MD, FACR, Chief of the Section of Rheumatology, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lupus Program at Temple University Hospital, discussed cytokine storms in coronavirus patients, recognizing the condition, and treatment with Knowable Magazine.
  • Dr. Caricchio also participated in the “Worried Sick” webinar in collaboration with the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. The webinar was intended for individuals who are living with lupus during the coronavirus pandemic.