Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have been looking for new and creative ways to deliver the best patient care. Three of our clinicians were recently recognized for going above-and-beyond in their promise to care for patients. Sage R. Myers, MD, MSCE, Sophia Collins MSN, RN, and Kathleen E. Sullivan, MD, PhD were all named “Leaders in Healthcare” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dr. Sage Myers and Sophia Collins were recognized for their work ensuring communities of colors were able to access COVID-19 vaccines. The two partnered with the Philadelphia School District, local religious organizations, and even the Philadelphia Zoo to set up community vaccine clinics which helped thousands of Pennsylvanians protect themselves from the dangerous SARS-CoV-2 virus. Their work was even featured nationally on CBS This Morning.
“It’s such an honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Myers. “To us, making sure people had access to the vaccine in their communities was we felt we had to do. There are so many barriers for people, whether that be transportation, childcare, or not having time after work or school. We wanted to make sure we got into the heart of the communities that needed this the most.”
“For me, it was personal,” said Sophia Collins. “People of color are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. I felt it was my responsibility to reach out to these communities, make sure they had access to the vaccine, and most of all, know that it’s safe. To be named a “Leader in Healthcare” is very humbling.”
Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, was also recognized for her work with the Immune Deficiency Foundation. The Foundation’s aim is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of people affected by primary immunodeficiency through fostering a community empowered by advocacy, education, and research. Those with immunodeficiencies have been hit especially hard by COVID-19.
“COVID-19 can be a devastating disease, especially for those with already weakened immune systems,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I continue to work with the Immune Deficiency Foundation to make sure that these people have the right information to make the best health decisions and protect themselves. To be recognized for that work is an honor.”