Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2020

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Others have occupied lessgenerosity, of bravery and Dealing with the COVID-19 visible positions on the very solidarity, and of the call to pandemic and its impact on humanity’s better angels being front lines at tremendous risk day-to-day life – around the to their personal health and answered. country and around the world safety, while still others have – has posed a challenge for Since the spread of coronavirus used their skills and tools to virtually everyone, and the Saint John’s University/College began to reach Minnesota and manufacture equipment and products providing protection. of Saint Benedict community is the nation in March, we have spotlighted some of the ways no exception. Johnnies have joined the battle And then there are those laboring to keep critical against the virus’s spread. Health risks. Economic systems like government, impacts. Masks and staySome have been in high-profile education and healthcare at-home orders. Distance up and running, even while learning and social distancing. positions like Joe Kelly ’83, the emergency management oftentimes working from their They’ve all become part of our director for the state of own homes. everyday lexicon and reality. Minnesota. In his position, Here is a look at a few of those he has worked closely with But through the pain and stories. These and others can Gov. Tim Walz and others to difficulty, the fear and be found in more depth and formulate Minnesota’s efforts uncertainty, and the sense of greater detail at to stop the spread of the heartbreak and despair, there covid-19/csb/sju-responds. virus and slow its impact on also have been countless intensive-care units and other stories of inspiration and hope – stories of sacrifice and facilities.

On the front lines Canh Tran, Garrison Pease and Tom Kaster share a bond and friendship formed during their time at Saint John’s, where they were members of the Class of 2009. This spring, they were reunited when they found themselves among the many medical professionals working on the frontline of the pandemic in New York – an early hotspot that placed a severe strain on the area’s healthcare system.

• Tran is a travel internal medicine

physician who resides in Manhattan


but travels outside New York City for two weeks each month. His job is to alleviate physician shortages in underserved hospitals to allow them to function safely until permanent physicians can be found. That role that became more vital as cases of COVID-19 grew steadily. In April, he was rotating among several different hospitals in both primary care and inpatient settings.

• Pease is a pathologist at a major

hospital in the Bronx. In large hospital systems like the one in which he works, pathologists serve in either

an anatomic or a clinical capacity. Anatomic pathologists support surgical and oncologic subspecialties, diagnosing, grading and staging cancers and working for patients dealing with anything from a thyroid or prostate biopsy to a lung or kidney resection, he said. Clinical pathologists support all medical and surgical subspecialties from the clinic to the emergency room and inpatient intensive care units, serving patients having samples drawn for a wide variety of conditions – a list that includes COVID-19.