Medical dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “New Amsterdam” and “The Resident” are offering assistance during the coronavirus pandemic playing out in real life.
ABC’s “Grey’s” is donating gowns and gloves while firefighter-centered spinoff “Station 19” is donating masks, according to a statement provided to USA TODAY from Krista Vernoff, executive producer of the ABC shows.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
NBC’s “New Amsterdam” is also providing donations, the network announced in a statement from spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo.
“New Amsterdam has donated supplies of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to the New York State Department of Health to be utilized on the basis of highest need in connection with relief efforts in New York to help the community in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis,” the statement read.
Fox’s “Resident” was apparently the first to make a donation of supplies to help keep healthcare workers at Grady Hospital in Atlanta stay safe. Items include masks, surgical gloves, surgical gowns, booties and protective head gear.
A Twitter account for Carlos Del Rio, who identifies himself as executive associate dean for Emory at Grady, shared Wednesday that the show sent personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. (The show is filmed in Atlanta.)
“Today we received at @GradyHealth a donation of PPE used for @ResidentFOX,” the tweet read.” When you don’t think miracles exist they magically happen.
“During #COVID19 supply of PPE is low everywhere but people are being creative and generous,” the tweet continued. ”Thanks guys!”
Today we received at @GradyHealth a donation of PPE used for @ResidentFOX When you don’t think miracles exist they magically happen. During #COVID19 supply of PPE is low everywhere but people are being creative and generous. Thanks guys! pic.twitter.com/uRRmGTrU5A— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) March 19, 2020
A spokesperson for Fox confirmed that the items came courtesy of “The Resident” but declined to comment further. But the show’s official Twitter account responded to the tweet about the donation.
“Thank YOU! We’re just glad to be able to help,” the post read.
Contributing: Ken Alltucker and Nick Penzenstadler
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