Panda Express donates KN 95 Respirators, single-use surgical masks to El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting medical professionals on the frontlines of El Paso, Panda Express has donated 1,920 KN 95 Particulate Respirators and 18,000 Single-use Surgical Masks to El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center for protection when treating members of the community.

“Supporting the healthcare community has always been a priority for Panda Express, and we are blessed to have a partner with shared values of giving and inspiring better lives,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group.

“It is our privilege to be able to protect and provide comfort to the selfless hospital staff and patients at CMN Hospitals. We thank our guests and associates for their generosity and support that make these donations possible. We stand together to be stronger together.”

Through its philanthropic arm Panda Cares, Panda Express has created a COVID-19 Community Care Fund, in which all guest donations are put towards sourcing and providing PPE to local hospitals in this time of need as well as supporting research to find a treatment for COVID-19.

“The generosity of the community and our amazing national Children’s Miracle Network partners has been nothing short of miracles itself. When we first heard about this donation, we knew this was something that not just EPCH could benefit from, but our partners at University Medical Center who are also in the frontline of providing care to COVID-19 patients. EPCH has been making miracles happen for over eight years and even more so during a pandemic. We have shown the community that we stand ready to provide care to the pediatric population of El Paso. Thank you to Panda Express for this amazing donation,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO, of El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“Panda Express has really gone above and beyond when it comes to supporting El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation through all of their customer relationships,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “This time, they are putting those donations to great use by generously sending KN95 surgical masks as well as simple surgical masks to both El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center of El Paso. I am proud to call Panda Express a true friend and partner of the El Paso County Hospital District.”

“We can always count on Panda Express as our CMN partner to bring its best to the table and this generous donation is proof,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director for El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center Foundations. “Panda Express and its community spirit keeps us energized and motivated for the good health of everyone in El Paso.”

In the midst of this public health crisis, Panda remains steadfast to its evergreen mission of protecting, inspiring and bettering the communities they serve.

“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on the frontlines, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from our long-time partner Panda Express,” said Teri Nestel, interim president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Panda’s generosity has never been more needed or more appreciated during these challenging times. It’s comforting to know that these doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who depend on children’s hospitals now and into the future.”

For the rest of the year, participating Panda Express locations are offering a 10 percent appreciation discount on in-store purchases for healthcare workers and first responders with their employment badge.