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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending August 14th

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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.

  • Michael A. Young, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about the appreciation award of $1,500 that will be distributed to 6,500-7,000 employees as a thank you for their work in clinical settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Becker’s Hospital Review and PennLive.com picked up the Inquirer article.
  • 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 (TUH), described how TUH established a protocol for treating patients with COVID-19 centered on aggressive immunomodulation for a New York Times Magazine feature on the coronavirus, the immune system, and cytokine storms. 
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, Chair and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, spoke with USA Today about the decrease in childhood vaccinations since the COVID-19 pandemic began and her concern about measles and the flu as a result. MSN and Yahoo! News picked up the USA Today article.
  • Dwight McBee, Chief Experience Officer at Temple University Health System, offered insight to WHYY about the health system’s visitation policy for spiritual leaders during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A Philadelphia Business Journal article highlighted the Lungpacer Diaphragm Pacing Therapy System, an intravenous catheter-based system aimed at assisting in weaning patients off mechanical ventilation. The system received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April. Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of the Temple Lung Center, and his Lung Center team were the first in the U.S. to treat a COVID-19 patient with the system.
  • Wadia Mulla, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Medical Director of Labor and Delivery, discussed an increase in inductions and C-sections between February and June of this year compared to the same time last year for a Philadelphia Inquirer article on pregnancy and childbirth during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Chestnut Hill Local interviewed Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians Inc. at Nicetown, and her identical twin sister Dr. Elana McDonald. Drs. Wardlaw and McDonald discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, including health care disparities and why the virus disproportionately affects communities of color. The article also recognized Dr. Wardlaw for being named the 2020 Co-Family Physician of the Year by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.