TV Medical Shows Donate Supplies to Help Fight COVID-19
Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and more are supporting real-life doctors during this pandemic.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, healthcare professionals worldwide are experiencing a shortage in medical supplies during this pandemic. In hopes of alleviating this scarcity in resources, TV medical dramas are taking action by offering their on-set supplies to hospitals and other first responders.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off series, Station 19, announced their donation of hundreds of gloves, masks, and other medical supplies typically used for costuming.
“At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a back-stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well,” executive producer Krista Vernoff said in a statement to Good Morning America. “We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”
Most television series have delayed production in response to safety regulations towards the coronavirus. In light of this postponement, medical shows are offering their assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. NBC’s New Amsterdam delivered PPE supplies — such as masks, gloves, and gowns — to the New York State Department of Health in order to strengthen relief efforts. ABC’s The Good Doctor also donated masks and other provisions to hospitals in Vancouver — the series’ filming location.
Fox’s The Resident pitched in by sending medical resources to Grady Memorial Hospital, a local hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Karen Law, a doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital, posted her appreciation of the showrunners via Instagram.
“To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19,” Dr. Law wrote in her caption. “This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community.”
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"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." . To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19. . Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive. And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture. This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community. . Thank you, @theresidentonfox and @foxtv for being helpers. We needed this kind of good news today. . PS: Sorry it's not a great pic, but the focus was not on the photo at the time. Similarly, the team @theresidentonfox are good citizens doing good deeds and not looking for a shout out. Though I encourage all to support The Resident and the great team behind the show and to pay their good deed forward any way you can. . #Hurstlife #residentlife #emoryIMresidents #lookforthehelpers #gratitude