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TV Medical Dramas Donate Their Masks, Medical Supplies to Hospitals in Need During Pandemic

 
 
 
TV Medical Dramas Donate Their Masks, Medical Supplies to Hospitals in Need During Pandemic

TV medical dramas like Fox’s “The Resident” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Doctor” and “Station 19” are donating the medical supplies they use for their respective productions to hospitals and fire stations in need during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station,” “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff said in a statement Thursday. “They were tremendously grateful. At ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ we have a backstock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well. 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.”

“Station 19” donated some of their N95 masks to the City of Ontario Fire Department after the “Grey’s” spinoff learned that the department was out and recycling the masks that they had. The show has also donated some N95 masks to a firehouse in Los Feliz, Calif.

A spokesperson for “The Good Doctor” says the ABC show, starring Freddie Highmore, plans to give masks and other medical supplies to facilities in Vancouver, Canada.

Meanwhile, the Matt Czuchry-led “The Resident,” which films in Atlanta, has donated items like masks, gloves and gowns to Grady Memorial Hospital.

“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. Karen Law, a rheumatologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. “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.”

These donations couldn’t come at a better time, as hospitals are currently facing serious shortages of everyday materials, including face masks, which their health-care workers need in order to continue treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Resident” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are among several TV series that have had to suspend or delay production over the last couple weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both “The Good Doctor” and “Station 19” wrapped filming in early March, so those shows were not affected by the shutdowns.

Source: thewrap.com
 
 
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