U.S. television is packed with medical shows that romanticize the lives of doctors and nurses — think "Grey’s Anatomy," "New Amsterdam" and "The Resident."
Now, several of them are supporting real health care initiatives as they donate medical supplies — used as props on the show — to hospitals facing critical shortages of life-saving equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Entertainment Weekly reports that shows like "The Resident," produced by Fox, are donating boxes of production masks, gloves and gowns — all items that are currently scarce — to a nearby Atlanta hospital near the show set.
The recipient hospital was Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, one of the largest and most populous in the country.
One rheumatologist at Grady Memorial, Dr. Karen Law, thanked the show for its contributions on Instagram.
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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
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Similar shows like ABC’s "The Good Doctor" are reportedly planning to donate gear to health care facilities near their production site in Vancouver, Canada. "Station 19," a sibling show to "Grey’s Anatomy," has donated some of the show’s N95 masks to the City of Ontario Fire Department.
This comes a day after President Trump signed an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act into law to accelerate the production and manufacture of vital medical supplies needed across the U.S.
NPR reports that the text of the law reads: “To ensure that our healthcare system is able to surge capacity and capability to respond to the spread of COVID-19, it is critical that all health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19 are properly distributed to the Nation's healthcare system and others that need them most at this time."