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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending May 15th

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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, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its use on patients with coronavirus.
  • Dr. Criner also discussed the coronavirus pandemic in a segment with 6ABC. The interview highlighted Temple University Hospital’s participation in a variety of clinical trials; TUH’s collaboration with colleagues in Wuhan, China, and the decision to transform the Boyer Pavilion building into a separate COVID-19 hospital; and TUH’s use of less invasive treatment techniques – saving intubation as a last resort.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, discussed the thought process behind performing or delaying organ transplants during the coronavirus pandemic with the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Delana Wardlaw, MD, who practices at Temple Physicians Inc. at Nicetown, was interviewed by ABC News along with her twin sister, who is also a physician. The two discussed how the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting minority communities as well as their participation in the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to help bring free testing to those communities.
  • Dr. Reed joined the KYW Newsradio “In Depth” podcast to explain the concept and role of public health.
  • The Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia (CVI) featured Edmond Cronin, MD, CCDS, FHRS, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), in a segment of its CVI Heartbites production. Dr. Cronin’s segment focuses on arrhythmias in COVID-19. Sabrina Islam, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at LKSOM, will also be featured in an upcoming Heartbites segment. The entire series can be found on the CVI’s YouTube channel.
  • Jason Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS, Clinical Professor at the Temple University School of Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital (TUH), and Director of the Postgraduate Year Two Infectious Diseases Residency at the Temple University School of Pharmacy, and Carly Sedlock, MD, a first-year Infectious Diseases Fellow at TUH, penned a column for Contagion Live about how TUH prepared for and has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Gallagher is the editor-in-chief of the publication.
  • Sister Jocelyn P. Edathil, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and a member of the Bethany Sisters, spoke with Shalom World about her faith and her experience on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Samantha Schwartz, daughter of Howard Schwartz, DO, an anesthesiologist at Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus, purchased food for the OR and anesthesiology teams there. 6ABC was there for her donation and delivery.
  • The Rev. Roslyn Taylor, RN, MA, DSC, a PACU Pool nurse at Temple University Hospital, has been delivering quiches every Friday for the Boyer staff caring for patients with COVID-19. Her son owns the Omelette Bar, which donates the quiches to TUH and to local families impacted financially by the pandemic. 6ABC covered the delivery on May 8.
  • CBS3 and FOX29 highlighted UBIQ donating about 500 pairs of sneakers to staff at Temple University Hospital.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and NBC10 detailed the coronavirus-related relief funding that Philadelphia-area hospitals, including Temple University Hospital, are receiving from the federal government.