‘Chicago Med’ Team Steps Up to Help Hospitals In Need During Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the U.S., hospitals across the country are reporting shortages of critical medical supplies such as masks, surgical gowns, and gloves. Some have resorted to asking for donations from anyone who has a stockpile that could help keep medical personnel and patients safe. Tattoo parlors, construction companies, and individuals have chipped in by donating surgical masks, N95 respirators, and other supplies. Hollywood is also doing its part, with some popular medical dramas handing over items that would normally be used as props. 

‘Chicago Med’ donates N95 respirators and other supplies  

 S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin
S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin in Chicago Med | Liz SissonNBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

With film and television production shut down over coronavirus concerns, some shows are stepping in to help fight the virus. Chicago Med, along with the other One Chicago shows Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire, has donated supplies that will eventually go to local hospitals.

“We are doing it big time,” Carla Corwin, a Chicago Med producer on the NBC said in an email to the New York Times. “Studio approved. We are donating all supplies to the Illinois Department of Public Health and they can distribute to the various hospitals as they see fit.” 

The donation came after Dr. Andrew Dennis, a trauma surgeon at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital who is also an associate producer on Chicago Med, received a call from one of his former residents. The doctor was working in Rockford, a city about 90 miles west of Chicago, and in desperate need of supplies. Dennis was able to get his former colleague some masks and disposable gowns, he told Patch.com

At that point, Dennis realized “we had thousands of N95 masks, thousands of surgical masks, a thousand disposable gowns and hundreds of boxes of gloves.” Together with other members of the Chicago Med team, he was able to get those supplies to people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Illinois has more than 1,000 positive coronavirus cases.

‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘New Amsterdam,’ among other shows making donations  

Chicago Med isn’t the only show working to get its medical supplies into the hands of real doctors and nurses. Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, The Resident, and New Amsterdam have also made donations of N95 masks, gloves, and other items, Deadline reports. 

The Resident, which tapes in Atlanta, donated its supplies to Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Karen Law expressed her thanks for the support in an Instagram post. 

“Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive,” she wrote. “And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture.”

Even series that don’t primarily focus on medicine are getting in on the act. The Ryan Murphy drama Pose donated supplies to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The show had the items because season 3 features a character who works as an HIV/AIDS counselor, Murphy explained. 

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