Our Chadwick alumni are working hard to make a difference — and we are so proud to call them Dolphins!
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Battling on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chadwick alumna Dr. Alyssa Nguyen-Phuc (’06) is tirelessly treating and saving as many patients as possible
Click here for the nycitylens.com article featuring Alyssa.
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Chadwick Alumnus Andrew Herzick ’03, his parents (Terry and Deb ’72), and two fellow ER doctors are temporarily living together to avoid exposing their wives and children to anything they might pick up in the hospital.
Read the full LA Times column here.
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Anita is currently Task Force Lead for the COVID pandemic response in Providence Little Company of Mary.
Read here about Anita's work as an infectious disease consultant in Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and San Pedro, as well as Torrance Memorial Hospital.
Interestingly, she works alongside Chadwick alumni Andrew Werts (’92), Dr. Shaun Chandran (’97), Dr. Matin Hemmat (’03), Dr. Steve Kwon (’94), Dr. Tim Lesser (’92) and Dr. Raj Mittal (’95), which makes going to work in the hospital like one big alumni reunion!
Ashley is a pediatrics resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and, like many of her healthcare colleagues during this time, has been working on adult COVID surge units within the hospital in addition to her normal pediatric duties.
Ashley wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post titled, “Are we seeing the first of the COVID-19 orphans?” It is based on her experiences seeing the burden COVID-19 has had on children who witness their parents/grandparents getting sick. She and her co-authors felt that these terrible outcomes could be prevented with emergency responses that focused on the needs of particularly vulnerable children during the crisis.The opinion piece gave them a chance to connect with children's advocates nationwide to help families better plan for worst-case scenarios, and to prompt pediatricians to reach out to at-risk families. At Ashley’s institution, it also prompted them to think about securing family-friendly field hospitals and isolation sites. Now, her day-to-day work as a resident physician has shifted to include caring for a growing number of children presenting with symptoms of Pediatric Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome. Ashley states, “It has been a steep learning curve clinically, but an honor to care for not only our pediatric patients, but their parents and grandparents as well during this time.”
Ashley has been a part of several health system innovation groups drawing together scientists, clinicians and the public. She is connecting with old friends and colleagues dedicating their skills, whether it is in ventilator design, PPE decontamination or validating the best direct-to-consumer testing. These groups also focus on promoting health equity in our community's response to COVID by addressing the disproportionate burden borne by Latinx and African-American communities in Boston and around the nation.
After Stanford's campus closed in response to the pandemic, Courtney Bond found herself at home with free time to fill and the urge to make a positive impact to alleviate some of the ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis.
Along with students across the country, she helped launch The FarmLink Project, a nonprofit grassroots movement that transports surplus produce from farms to food banks in need while restoring the jobs of farmers and truckers.
The COVID-19 crisis has already rendered more than one in five families in the United States food insecure. At the same time, farmers have no choice but to destroy millions of pounds of food that they can no longer sell to restaurants. That’s where FarmLink comes in, providing the logistics to get food to those who need it most.
Courtney is thrilled to say that FarmLink is growing rapidly. In the last five weeks, FarmLink has transported two million pounds of produce and received media publicity from The New York Times, Fox News and ABC. There are so many other ways that Chadwick alumni can help. Whether it's following or posting about FarmLink on social media, telling the FarmLink story to a friend or even volunteering, every small action counts!
The Stanford Daily: Nonprofit startup brings students, community together to fight food insecurity
Jacqueline ‘Jax’ Cole (’98) works for the City of Los Angeles for the Recreation and Parks Department as an open-water lifeguard at the city's lakes, dams and beaches. But, when her wife came down with COVID-19, Jax knew she had to act quickly to help those in need.
So, she signed up to be a disaster relief worker. Jax and thousands of her aquatics co-workers have switched from water safety to facility safety away from the water. Los Angeles city has turned more than 40 recreation centers into temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness. At these centers, nurses screen residents for symptoms and determine their risk of severe complications from COVID-19. Those with symptoms that warrant low-level monitoring are immediately sent to a recreation center off-site dedicated to quarantine. Those with underlying health conditions such as COPD, asthma, high blood pressure, etc., are redirected to recreation centers where FEMA has provided fifth-wheel-style Coleman campers with propane heating, sewerage removal, and daily meals. Of the 22 recreation centers with a swimming pool on premises, only four have water in them year-round. The other 18 are empty — a bizarre experience for this lifelong lifeguard not used to working on dry land. All pool facilities have showers year-round, so Jax and her fellow relief workers wear full PPE gear in the locker rooms where they spray bleach into the air and on all surfaces. After letting it sit for a few minutes, they hose it all down and then spray with a deodorizing disinfectant. Jax and the other relief workers are hard at work to keep those safe who may not otherwise have a place to go to.
Jen Calfas is part of a team at The Wall Street Journal covering the coronavirus pandemic daily, often writing about the latest updates in the U.S. and globally in stories that appear on the front page.
She has been writing about the crisis nearly every day since the first confirmed cases appeared in the U.S., digesting the global news of the day and tracking its drastic rise domestically. She has also covered social-distancing measures as they took effect in the U.S., from schools in Seattle closing over a month ago, to California becoming the first state to issue stay-at-home orders, to states considering restrictions on travelers from hot-spots like New York. She is part of a far-reaching team at The Wall Street Journal covering this global crisis, working alongside colleagues around the country and the world to document this historic time.
Jen has been a U.S. News reporter at The Wall Street Journal since June 2019. She was a co-editor of The Mainsheet before graduating from Chadwick in 2012. She attended the University of Michigan, where she was Editor in Chief of The Michigan Daily.
Jenna Solberg ’13 is a “project room key site manager” who travels from site to site helping providers — homeless shelter operators, housing nonprofits, case managing businesses, etc. —open hotels to house people experiencing homelessness who are also most at risk for COVID-19 fatality.
These are people in our community who are over the age of 60 or who have an underlying medical condition. By moving them into hotels, they are better able to shelter in place and isolate themselves in separate rooms versus living in camps, on the street, in shelters, out of their cars or in hospitals.
Jenna’s position is to help the provider, nursing staff, security and disaster service workers from Los Angeles County follow the Incident Command System to operate under the Federal Emergency Management System. Even though she has been working long hours almost every day, she states: “I am truly thankful to be employed during this time and have the opportunity to help those in our community who need it the most.”
Dr. Joe Giaconi works at Cedars-Sinai as a radiologist. While he normally specializes in musculoskeletal or orthopedic MRI and interventions, Joe has shifted his work to help with COVID-19.
He reads chest X-rays upon arrival to the ED, which helps make the initial diagnosis. Then, he interprets all the follow up chest X-rays to monitor the disease progression and make sure that the endotracheal tube, which is connected to the ventilator, is in the right place. Joe’s advice to everyone is to maintain vigilance against the virus. Everyone has quarantine fatigue, but we are still in the danger zone. Please wear your mask at all times while out in public. Please maintain social distancing despite the slow opening of our economy. Resist touching your face and eyes and wash your hands frequently. We will get through this together!
Laura is in her fourth and final year at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Medical school has been placed on hold temporarily, but she continues battling on the frontlines. Laura and her med-student friends have campaigned to collect and distributing much-needed PPE to area hospitals through www.ppe2nyc.com.
The group's Instagram handle — @ppe2nyc — has been featured with The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Asian Media, NBC, and more. You can see Laura detail their efforts at the end of this News Asia broadcast.
To date, the students have collected and distributed over 26,000 N95 masks, 215,000 surgical masks, and 53,000 nitrile gloves to area NYC hospitals to bridge the gap until hospitals can receive additional supplies. Additionally, Laura is volunteering at both NYU Langone Hospital and Bellevue Hospital, helping to equip medical providers with PPE, as well as triaging visitors while she is awaiting classes to resume.
After graduating from Chadwick School, Russell went on to Stanford University and UCLA Medical School. He trained in neurosurgery and completed residency and fellowship in emergency department psychiatry. He is a reviewer for Academic Psychiatry and founder of eMed International Inc., an originator and distributor of violence assessments.
Russel's recent article, "Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Ripple or a Wave? — Coronavirus won't be just a medical phenomenon," is published on MedPage Today. Russell states: "My sincere hope is that we will be First Preventers in addition to First Responders."
During this time at home, please take care of your mental health. Consider taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Take care of your body: take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Additionally, please visit the CDC's website for stress and coping tips.
Thank you all for the great work you
do to help others!
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