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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending June 12th

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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.

  • 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, was a guest on SiriusXM Sports, where he was recognized for his work during the coronavirus pandemic. During the segment, Dr. Criner highlighted Temple University Hospital’s collaboration with colleagues in China, Italy, and Spain; the decision to transform the Boyer Pavilion building into a separate COVID-19 hospital; and the contributions of so many at Temple in caring for patients with the coronavirus. He was also joined by sportscaster Jim Nantz, who made a surprise appearance.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about the trends in area coronavirus cases and what measures the public should still be taking.
  • Naomi Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, was interviewed for a Kaiser Health News/California Healthline piece about utilizing narrative medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
  • Temple University Health System has implemented the new pCare COVID-19 Tablet Configuration Solution, which offers patients virtual visits and curated education and entertainment on demand, while reaching areas without televisions or hard-wired internet connections. It has also allowed patients to connect with family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this configuration, pCare partnered with Tubi to provide movies and TV shows. The news was covered by outlets such as Morningstar, Markets Insider, and Deadline.
  •, the Philadelphia Inquirer, KYW Newsradio, and PhillyVoice reported on a new initiative between the Philadelphia 76ers and The Giant Company called “Feeding the Frontlines.” The Sixers and Giant will partner with Off Their Plate, an organization that delivers meals to health care workers while providing economic relief to female and minority-owned restaurants, to donate meals to Philadelphia-area health care workers, including staff at Temple University Hospital.
  • The Chestnut Hill Local highlighted the generous donation from Robert and Benjamin Bynum of 150 dinners to third-shift staffers at Temple University Hospital. The brothers grew up in Mt. Airy and own restaurants, including SOUTH, Green Soul, Warmdaddy’s, and Relish, in the city.