Hospitals have been facing a shortage of medical supplies to treat COVID-19 patients, and thankfully help came this week, albeit from an unlikely source. Television medical dramas like The Resident, Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and Station 19 have been donating the medical supplies used in their productions to hospitals and fire stations.
In a statement, showrunner Krista Vernoff said, “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 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.”
According to a spokesperson, The Good Doctor will be donating masks and other medical supplies to facilities in Vancouver. Similarly, The Resident has donated masks, gloves, and gowns to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where the show is filmed.
Dr. Karen Law, a doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital, wrote in an Instagram post, “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.”