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Thanks to the Volunteer Congress program via the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso, equipment and help is being distributed to those departments and staff that need it the most.
Just last year, Michael C. Saenz, PharmD, UMC Pharmacy Supervisor, Far West received the call that his grant was approved.
Saenz received two automated pill counters, valued at $4,800 a piece; one stayed at the Westside Clinic and the other went to UMC’s Northeast Clinic Pharmacy.
“The automated pill counters allow the technician to place the tablets into the counter where it measures, and the technician can multi- task,” he said. “It also means we can expedite prescriptions for patients faster, too. It has proven,” he added, “to be a tremendous help when we perform our monthly controlled substance inventory.”
University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso’s Volunteer Congress, is a branch philanthropic component of the Volunteer Corps Program.
Program officials share that the Volunteer Congress is comprised of foundation volunteers who – along with Carolyn Williams, Program Manager of Volunteer Corps – deliberate over grant applications received from departments within University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital.
The applications detail the department’s need for equipment or resources that can help improve efficiency and/or quality of care, but is outside their budget.
Volunteer Congress votes on the grants and allocates money raised for this purpose. Officials say that last year $50,000 was awarded to ten different departments.
Saenz hopes to present his request and apply for four more automated pill counters at the next Volunteer Congress award session.
To donate to Volunteer Congress, email Carolyn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.