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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending May 22nd

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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 the “Your Radio Doctor” program on 1210 WPHT. Dr. Criner discussed the coronavirus pandemic, including 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. He also emphasized the growth of the Temple Lung Center over the years, its commitment to conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and its multidisciplinary lung transplant program. “Your Radio Doctor” also highlighted Patricia Gannon, RN, a radiology-special procedures nurse, and her daughter Siobhan Knox, RN, a medical-surgical nurse, for its Mother’s Day episode. The two have been working alongside one another at TUH during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, discussed “medical distancing” in an interview with the Philadelphia Business Journal. “Medical distancing” refers to patients avoiding or delaying medical help during the coronavirus pandemic when they previously would have sought out care. Dr. Reed also discussed Temple’s decision to begin resuming some elective procedures and office visits.
  • Abhinav Rastogi, Senior Vice President of Professional Services at Temple University Hospital, also spoke about Temple’s decision to begin resuming some elective procedures and office visits in an interview with WHYY.
  • Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, the Thomas Durant Chair in the Department of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, provided perspective to CNN on how to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic while enjoying summer activities.
  • FOX29 featured Shirley Gardiner, RN, a critical care float nurse at Temple University Hospital, in its “The Heroes” segment, where she recounted caring for patients with COVID-19. She was recognized as an honorary grand marshal at the NASCAR race in Darlington, where her name was painted on the car of driver William Byron. The Philadelphia Tribune also profiled her in a story.
  • Monica Busuioc, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and William C. Pace, MD, in infectious diseases, reflected on what it’s been like on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic the last few months in a Philadelphia Inquirer feature.
  • Dr. Fekete also offered insight to NBC10 about the likelihood of being re-infected with the coronavirus.
  • Daniel A. Salerno, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Director of Critical Care Services in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital, described symptoms of the coronavirus for an article in Philadelphia magazine.
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, Chair and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, discussed how to exercise safely while wearing a mask for a PhillyVoice article on the subject.
  • Stephen Permut, MD, JD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer for an article about support programs for health care workers. Dr. Permut described his participation in the sessions.
  • Roberto Caricchio, MD, FACR, Chief of the Section of Rheumatology and 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, participated in a live webinar with the Lupus Research Alliance about lupus and COVID-19.
  • Mohammad Abboud, MD, an emergency medicine resident at Temple University Hospital, shared what it has been like caring for patients with COVID-19 while also observing his faith and fasting during Ramadan as part of an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Allen Harvin received treatment for COVID-19 at Temple University Hospital. He shared his experience with the Bucks County Courier Times, the Intelligencer, and the Burlington County Times.
  • Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris partnered with Chick-fil-A to provide 250 lunches to staff at Temple University Hospital. The donation received coverage from NBA.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS3, NBC Sports Philadelphia, and PhillyVoice, among other outlets.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted the North10 Philadelphia organization partnering with community development group Called to Serve on a project that buys meals from neighborhood restaurants Pho Don, Caribbean Feast, and CityView Pizza & Grille for Temple University Hospital’s Emergency Department.