URMC, Simon Alumni Contribute to Pandemic Response

At Simon Business School we always consider ourselves fortunate to be part of the University of Rochester, but in this moment it has been incredible to watch the partnership and leadership demonstrated by our U of R community.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), along with researchers and faculty at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, is on the forefront of the local and national COVID-19 response. URMC is participating in an NIH-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an antiviral drug in hospitalized adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Faculty members, along with the Medical Center’s Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit (VTEU), will lead the Rochester study involving COVID-19 patients at Strong Memorial Hospital. One of only nine VTEU sites in the US, Rochester’s unit conducts clinical trials of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics for known and emergent infectious threats.

We encourage you to follow the @urmc_heroes Instagram account to stay up to date on everything our UR Heroes are doing for our community.

In addition to our University colleagues and friends at URMC, several Simon Business School alumni are lending their expertise to the COVID-19 response in their industries.

  • James Cuthbert ’09 (MBA), senior vice president of brand marketing & strategy for BET, shared the network is launching a series of initiatives with the goal of helping Black communities hardest hit by the virus, including “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” a special hosted by Kelly Rowland, Terrance J, and Regina Hall that will air on April 22.
  • Melanie Huet ’03 (MBA), executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Serta Simmons Bedding, shared that Serta donated 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Gary Lewin ’02 (MBA), senior buyer, ExOps, at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, shared that the company recently launched a COVID-19 antibody test to market, and testing kits should be available within the month.
  • Jonathan Muniz ’17 (MBA), senior manager of digital product management at CVS Health, noted his company is working to help communities during the pandemic in several ways, including:
    •  – Delivering bonuses to employees who are required to work on-site during the coronavirus pandemic
    •  – Opening three rapid drive-thru testing locations in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island in collaboration with federal and state officials, which can detect positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in as little as thirteen minutes
    •  – Announcing that Aetna would waive costs to patients for hospital admissions related to COVID-19
    •  – Announcing free Rx Delivery during the epidemic to encourage people to stay home
  • Brianne Wojtesta ’15 (MBA) is chief of planning for Harborview Medical Center’s COVID-19 response in Seattle, WA. It is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, which serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

We’ll continue to provide updates on the amazing work our University colleagues and our #SimonStrong alumni are doing to help keep our communities safe during this challenging time. In the meantime, we send our very best wishes for your health and safety.

If beginning business school later this year is one of your goals, please check out our MBA and MS COVID-19 application related FAQs for the most up-to-date information, flexibility on requirements, and more. To show our support, your $90 application fee is waived when you apply for Fall 2020 entry. Simply choose the fee waiver option on the payment screen when you’re ready to submit and we’ll take care of the rest.

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