On Tuesday afternoon, El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation officials announced a $15,000 donation from Becton Dickinson.
“Becton Dickinson is committed to advancing the world of health,” said Enrique Aviles, Vice President of Manufacturing Management. “Our team is proud to provide funding for El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation to ensure children in our community are cared for during a time in which our nation is faced with an unprecedented tragedy.”
The donation to the Foundation will help purchase a vital piece of equipment – Bronchoscopes – to help patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital who are exhibiting respiratory problems due to COVID-19.
Bronchoscopes are used by a pulmonologist who specializes in lung disorders; the bronchoscope is passed through the nose or mouth and into the lungs to check for abnormalities.
“Our foundations are working hard during this crisis to generate donations so our team can continue to provide the best care for children locally,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to Becton Dickinson who donated a significant amount of funds for much needed bronchoscope equipment, a tool that will be used by our pulmonology team in the endoscopy lab to evaluate patient’s lungs.”
To date, El Paso County has more than 93 children under the age of 18 with COVID-19, some of whom have required hospitalization.
“We are determined, as a Foundation, to bring in the funds needed to purchase necessary equipment to face the challenges brought on by COVID-19.” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation. “Thank you Becton Dickinson for your generous donation.”