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As a designated COVID-19 hospital located in an area with among the highest incidence of COVID-19, the efforts of SUNY Downstate and it’s to care for those affected by this pandemic has received a significant amount of positive attention from the local, national and international media, with more than 200 print, radio, television and online media stories over the last three months. We will be creating a webpage to archive these stories. Here is a sample of some of the more powerful, high-profile profile stories. Just click on the link to:


Dr. Michael Augenbraun, Director of Infectious Diseases took viewer questions as the pandemic began during a live, hour-long special.

News 12 Brooklyn COVID-19 Special Report

March 5, 2020


CNN Went Inside SUNY Downstate at the Height of the Surge.

Inside an ER During the Coronavirus Outbreak – CNN Special – April 5, 2020


President Riley Tapped by Network News Programs as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.

Shortage of testing equipment – WABC7 New York, March 25, 2020

Hospitals in New York stressed – Andrea Mitchel Reports – MSNBC, March 31, 2020

Effectiveness of Face Coverings – Ann Cabera – CNN – April 5, 2020

The Worst is Coming – Ann Cabera – CNN April 6, 2020

Hospitals Facing Supply Shortages – Andrea Mitchel Reports – MSNBC – April 7, 2020

Show Me the Data – The 11th Hour with Brian Williams – MSNBC – April 8, 2020

Flattening the Curve – National Conversation All Things Considered – NPR April 9, 2020

President Trump’s Reopening Plan – Andrea Mitchel Reports, MSNBC April 16, 2020

Is it Safe to Reopen? – The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer – CNN – April 18, 2020

Tracers Needed to Control COVID-19 Spread – Ann Cabera – CNN – April 25, 2020

Are Vaccines Possible by January? – Ann Cabera – CNN – May 3, 2020


The Sunday New York Times focused on how Downstate is meeting the challenge of caring for patients in an aging facility.

One rich N.Y. hospital got Warren Buffett's help. This one got duct tape 

The New York Times, April 26, 2020


SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Lorenzo Paladino’s breakthrough research on sharing ventilators received national attention as COVID-19 cases peaked.

‘The Other Option Is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators – The New York Times, March 26, 2020

Ventilator Shortage – The Rachel Madow Show, March 26, 2020

A New York hospital is treating two patients on a device intended for one – The Washington Post, March 27, 2020

Trump Administration Medical Panel Devises Ventilator-Sharing Protocol – The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2020

Some NY Hospitals Start Splitting Ventilators to Buy Time for Coronavirus Patients – WNBC4 New York, April 6, 2020

Team of doctors aims to create ventilator for multiple patients - CBS Morning News, April 11, 2020

SUNY Downstate research guides national COVID-19 protocols – SUNY RF News, April 24, 2020

COVID-19 patients sharing ventilators is possible- but not ideal – PBS NOVA, May 12, 2020


From the Front Lines

How these CNN heroes are fighting COVID- 19 on the front lines – CNN – March 26, 2020

'It's Like Something's Right in Your Grasp': Hospitals Struggle to Test for Virus - NPR – March 27, 2020

What It’s Like on the Front Lines of America’s Battle with Coronavirus – Bloomberg News – March 27, 2020

“The numbers are staggering” Why New York doctors see no end in sight – GQ – March 29, 2020

How doctors on the front lines are confronting the uncertainties of COVID-19  - WABC7 – New York, April 6, 2020

Hospital Chaplains try to keep the faith during the Coronavirus Pandemic – The New York Times, April 11, 2020

NYC Couple on Front Line of Coronavirus Epidemic While Expecting a Baby – WNBC 4 New York, April 14, 2020

'If people saw this, they would stay home': Inside New York hospitals at Covid-19's peak – The Advisory Board, April 14, 2020

Record Deaths in New York as New Cases Appear to Level Off – CBS Evening News, April 9, 2020

Emotional Stress for Front-Line Healthcare Workers – CBS Evening News – April 28, 2020

The mounting stress facing healthcare providers – WCBS Radio 880 New York, May 4, 2020

After weeks of dire hospital conditions, doctors and nurses face their own mental health crisis – Crain’s New York Business, May 7, 2020


Community Generosity

How to donate your N95 Masks to New York doctors – The New York Times, April 1, 2020

How to donate medical supplies to New York City hospitals – Market Watch – City Watch April 2, 2020

SUNY downstate medical center accepting medical supplies donations – Amsterdam News, April 2, 2020

Nonprofit rolling out food trucks to feed medical workers during coronavirus – New York Post, April 13, 2020

Sweet delivery set for Stamford Hospital – Danbury News Times – April 14, 2020

Artists find ways to help during PPE shortage – Bklyner – April 15, 2020

Operation feed Brooklyn sends meals to frontline healthcare workers – MedPage Today, April 17, 2020

Grassroots group sends meals to New York health care workers in the trenches – Huff Post, April 23, 2020

Small Business thanks front-line workers in a sweet way – Long Island Weekly, April 23, 2020

American Chinese group donates equipment to frontline workers in San Diego, New York   Del Mar Times, April 29, 2020

SUNY Colleges make 55,000 masks for front lines health workers – WRGB Albany, April 29, 2020

Small action can make a difference – Long Island Herald, May 4, 2020

Operations feed Brooklyn works with restaurants to feed hospitals workers – Bklyner, May 11, 2020

UUP sends 100,000 medical gowns and gloves to SUNY hospitals – The Chief, May 11, 2010

ICU doctor finds time to create, donate health worker wellness bags NBC News Online, May 25, 2020


The Legacy of Dr. James Mahoney

A legend at a Brooklyn hospital dies of COVID-19: ‘He ran into the fire’ The Guardian – May 12, 2020

Dr. James Mahoney of Freeport: Pulmonologist who sprung into action when the pandemic hit – Newsday, May 16, 2020

A Brooklyn hospital mourns the doctor who was 'our Jay-Z" – The New York Times, May 18, 2020

NYC physician who worked on frontlines dies of COVID-19   AP News, May 18, 2020

Doctor who delayed retirement to fight pandemic at low-income hospital dies of coronavirus – The Hill, May 18, 2020

'He gave his life for the hospital': A doctor put off retirement to fight covid-19, only to die of the virus' – The Washington Post, May 19, 2020

Coronavirus News: Family, colleagues mourn death of beloved Brooklyn doctor from COVID-19 – WABC7 New York, May 19, 2020

New York Doctor Who Delayed Retirement to Treat Coronavirus Patients Dies After COVID-19 Battle – People Magazine, May 19, 2020

Doctor dies of COVID-19 after delaying retirement to treat coronavirus patients: "He worked on the front lines to end" CBS News May 20, 2020

NYC doctor who delayed retirement to help his community during the pandemic dies of COVID-19 – CBC/NPR Radio May 20, 2020

Beloved Brooklyn doctor likened to Jay-Z dies of COVID-19, remembered by medical community – PIX11 New York, May 22, 2020

The Lives Lost – The Washington Post Editorial Board, May 25, 2020