On Tuesday, via a Zoom News conference, El Paso Children’s Hospital unveiled the newly christened Union Pacific Railroad Foundation Triage Room, in honor of all healthcare heroes who are on the frontline serving our community’s pediatric population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Union Pacific Foundation Triage Room in the El Paso Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is now sporting a plaque with the foundation’s name and the company’s logo. The room saw 25,498 patients during the 2019 fiscal year, and fiscal year to date, has seen 15,347 young patients.
“We believe having a safe place to live, a family-supporting career and access to vibrant spaces are critical for communities to thrive,” said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific Senior Director of Public Affairs. “By investing in high-quality non-profits and programs like those at the El Paso Children’s Hospital, we achieve a step toward our mission of service while helping communities grow and prosper.”
Funds from the naming rights will go towards the purchase of age-appropriate bronchoscopy equipment needed to address critical respiratory needs of children in the region.
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 lung disorders.
With coronavirus in our community, the need for the bronchoscopes purchased through this donation will be a vital tool in addressing concerns.
“We continue to reduce the number of children leaving the area for specialized treatment by bringing in new specialists like our pediatric pulmonologist. With these new specialties, it is important that we also invest in the equipment needed to better serve our youngest patients,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital.
“We are grateful to the collective donations to purchase bronchoscopes. The much-needed equipment will allow our medical team to quickly and more effectively diagnose children with lung diseases.”
“Union Pacific is committed to Building America and improving the lives of millions across the country,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital and UMC Foundation.
“The funds provided today will have a lasting impact on El Paso Children’s Hospital and the community’s pediatric population faced with extreme respiratory disorders such as COVID-19 and asthma.”
To help advance local organizations’ coronavirus response efforts and recognize their dedication to serving their communities, Union Pacific Foundation awarded grants to a couple of El Paso organizations.
The money is helping serve vulnerable populations and address food insecurity throughout the city, including a $25,000 grant to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.