On the Front Lines

Amid the rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases, health care workers have had to innovate and improvise in combating this unprecedented global health crisis. In just 10 days in early April, Temple University’s Liacouras Arena was transformed into a makeshift medical facility in case of an onslaught of coronavirus cases. It was set up to accommodate at least 150 COVID-19 patients who have been through the inpatient care experience and are recovering.

The City of Philadelphia asked a Villanova nurse, Sandra Gomberg ’85 BSN, ’90 MSN, RN, adjunct professor in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, to head up the charge as CEO of the COVID Surge Facility at the Liacouras Arena.

The former president and CEO of Temple Hospital, Gomberg is one of many Villanova nurses who have responded en masse to the call of duty.

When undertaking this momentous endeavor, she said she drew on the strength and fortitude of the many Villanova nurses who did not have the choice to say yes or no to their assignments. She says, “It’s to honor their struggle, their grief and their relief when staff remains well and patients get to go home.”

Learn more about Villanova nurses on the front lines.