Thanks to a donation from Marathon Petroleum, University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) and El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) now have 9,600 N95 respirator masks.
The donation was made possible through the COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund, a new program set up by UMC Foundation to support healthcare during this crisis.
“This was something our company wanted to do,” said VJ Smith, Government & Public Affairs Manager at Marathon Petroleum in El Paso. “Safety is a top priority for us in the communities where we are privileged to operate. We listened to what our healthcare workers on the front lines said they will need in the coming weeks, and the pandemic plan our company has in place allowed us to be able to make this donation swiftly. We hope this donation will make everyone’s job safer as we all stand together in facing this unprecedented event.”
On Friday afternoon, a truck delivered the masks to the hospitals.
“Generosity from companies such as Marathon Petroleum relieves some of our stress,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President and CEO. “We are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty when it comes to COVID-19. However, when it comes to El Paso companies such as Marathon Petroleum, who have already stepped up to support our efforts, we are reminded again why we are ‘El Paso Strong.’ We can depend on each other, especially in times of crisis. I know we can always count on Marathon Petroleum. Our thanks go to the entire Marathon Petroleum team.”
Based on patient volumes, UMC received 7,800 masks; EPCH received 1,800. The masks were delivered as the hospitals and the entire El Paso community prepare for the potential surge in patients infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The importance of these masks and the level of safety they provide our nurses, physicians and other staff cannot be overstated,” said Cindy Stout, EPCH President & CEO. “Marathon Petroleum is a strong and valued member of our El Paso community and I am happy they are standing shoulder to shoulder with us as we continue to provide safe quality care for our community.”
Click here to donate to UMC Foundation’s COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund. For more information about the fund, call Estela Casas, UMC Foundation Executive Director at (915) 487-7987.