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Media Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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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.

  • Grammy Award-winning musician Pink, a Doylestown native, donated $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund. Pink made the donation in honor of her mother, Judy Moore, a longtime hospital employee. The singer and her son Jameson were recently diagnosed with the coronavirus. The generous gift received coverage internationally and in national outlets such as Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC News, “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today” show, the Huffington Post, People magazine, and Rolling Stone. Locally, 6ABC, NBC10, the Philadelphia Inquirer, PhillyVoice, the Temple News, and others reported on the news.
  • 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 interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and stressed how crucial his collaboration and connection with colleagues in China has been to Temple University Hospital’s preparation for the coronavirus pandemic. The Wall Street Journal article also mentioned the live webcasts that Dr. Criner has been a part of with those colleagues.
  • Tony S. Reed, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital, was interviewed by the New York Times for a story looking back at the 1918 influenza epidemic, the toll it took in Philadelphia, and what lessons can be learned from 100+ years ago and applied to today.
  • Claire Raab, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital (TUH), described to CBS3 how TUH is treating the most COVID-19 patients in Philadelphia and also emphasized how everyone, from doctors and nurses to environmental resources and transport staff, is collectively caring for them.
  • 6ABC spoke with 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 (TUH), and President of the Temple University Hospital Medical Staff, along with Kevin P. Desrochers, RN, Associate Director of Nursing in the Department of Emergency Medicine at TUH, about working inside the ED during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the TV segment that aired, 6ABC also posted a web extra in its online package that features an expanded interview with Dr. del Portal.
  • FOX29 featured Angie Cleghorn, RN, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus, in its “For Goodness’ Sake” segment, where she shared what her experience has been like on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A Philadelphia Inquirer article also detailed how Temple University Hospital is caring for the most COVID-19 patients in the city and featured comments from William C. Pace, MD, in infectious diseases, and Francine Frezghi, RN, as part of a discussion about whether Philadelphia may become a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Dr. Tony Reed reiterated the importance of social distancing and mask wearing in a segment with 6ABC, where he also briefly discussed the current situation at Temple University Hospital.
  • Dr. Gerard Criner participated in a second live webcast with colleagues from China about the coronavirus. In this one, they discussed mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 cases.
  • 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, spoke to Politico and the Philadelphia Inquirer about the coronavirus pandemic and its effect in minority communities.
  • 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, was interviewed by Telemundo 62 and a radio station about coronavirus prevention education/outreach in the Latinx community.
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, Chair and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, joined NBC10 to discuss homemade face masks.
  • Jamie Garfield, MD, Associate Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Assistant Chief Quality Officer for Temple Faculty Physicians, and Director of Quality and Improvement and Patient Safety for the Internal Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital, spoke with Quartz about the increase in sales of pulse oximeters due to the coronavirus pandemic and what otherwise healthy individuals should be on the lookout for instead.
  • 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 at Temple University Hospital, offered insight to Philadelphia magazine about pregnancy, labor, and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • FOX29 highlighted how Philadelphia-area medical students are giving back to the community by collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as offering up their time to help with child care and pet care for health care workers. Stephanie Fagbemi, third-year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, was interviewed for the segment.