While shutters went up in storefronts throughout the city, the city within Mass General continued to buzz and employees and patients continued to need things—a candy bar pick-me-up, a trinket to thank a coworker or a Mass General scrub cap.
How can we help our friends, family and colleagues in China?
It is a question that many MGH staff and community members have asked in the wake of the global coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. The respiratory illness was first identified last month in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and since has spread to thousands of people in the country, leaving hospitals there overwhelmed and in need of medical supplies
“Currently, the increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the nation has resulted in distributors restricting the amount of supplies health care facilities can order to prevent hoarding,” says Paul Biddinger, MD, chief of MGH Division of Emergency Preparedness. “This means that we are unable to order above and beyond our typical quantities. However, after careful review of our supplies, we have identified protective suits that are no longer used in our biothreats program, as well as masks and gloves that we will able to send to help our colleagues at our partner institutions in China.”
In addition, Mass General is sharing a toolkit of essential planning and response resources – developed for use in the MGH Biothreats Unit – with responding teams in China. “It is our hope that these expert guides will help address some of the enormous challenges they currently are facing,” says Biddinger.
Learn more about the coronavirus and the hospital's response.
- Oct | 23 | 2020
Celebrating gives people the energy to press on during difficult times, said Joseph Betancourt, MD, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer, in his introduction to the “Celebration of Unity, Heritage and Mass General Latino/a/x Front Line Staff” event.
- Oct | 22 | 2020
“Our goal with this triathlon—and the Medicine in Motion group—is to reduce burnout by building community through fitness and philanthropy,” says Logan Briggs, fourth year Harvard Medical School student and co-founder of Medicine in Motion.
- Oct | 21 | 2020
The need for blood at Mass General hospitals continues to be urgent. View a list of upcoming drives.
- Oct | 9 | 2020
To provide wigs for chemotherapy patients who are underinsured or who do not have the means to purchase one, the LVC Retail Shops have launched a program called Share for Hair.
- Oct | 9 | 2020
Not only were two MGHers honored with the annual Ernesto Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Services to the Hispanic Community, but one standout group was given the honorific name, “The Ernesto Gonzalez Service.”