In recent weeks, at least 79 children under the age of 18, have tested positive for the coronavirus. On Friday, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided support to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation to help purchase bronchoscopes for pediatric patients suffering respiratory distress at El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH).
“We are grateful for Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s generous grant,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation.
“These funds benefit the community in a dynamic and focused way by helping patients with COVID-19 at El Paso Children’s Hospital.”
Bronchoscopes are an important tool that pulmonologists use in respiratory exploration. They have microscopic cameras that allow a physician to explore the windpipe and lungs. This piece of equipment, appropriately sized for pediatric patients, determines if the airways are blocked, narrowed or look abnormal.
To help advance local organizations’ coronavirus response efforts and recognize their dedication to serving their communities, Bank of America awarded Community Response Funding to several El Paso organizations to support medical needs, vulnerable populations and address food insecurity throughout the city, including a $20,000 grant to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Dr. Endy Dominguez is one of several pediatric pulmonologists at El Paso Children’s Hospital who continues working to establish a strong respiratory practice for children suffering severe respiratory disorders.
With the recent introduction of coronavirus to our community, the need for a pediatric pulmonologist is critical, and the bronchoscopes purchased through the grant will be a vital tool in addressing the respiratory concerns.
“The El Paso Children’s Hospital staff is working tirelessly to keep our community as safe and as healthy as possible,” said Kristi Marcum, Bank of America El Paso Market President. “By supporting the hospital’s equipment needs for pediatric patients, Bank of America hopes to help our local medical staff continue to provide life-saving services and show our deep appreciation for the important roles they play during this coronavirus pandemic.”
“Partnerships such as the one with Bank of America are instrumental in helping the community understand the level of services provided here,” shares EPCH’s CEO Cindy Stout. “We continue to grow our services to ensure that the level of care we offer is what we need for all the children of our community.”