The health science programs at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) recently donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health care facilities in Las Cruces.
When New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham issued a public health emergency order on March 12, several healthcare facilities reached out to the DACC Health Sciences Department to request PPE. Memorial Medical Center, Mountainview Regional Medical Center and the Haciendas at Grace Village Assisted Living Facility all requested equipment.
“Like many other healthcare facilities in the southwest, these are our partners that provide clinical opportunities for our students,” said DACC Dean of Health Sciences Josefina Carmona. “In the times of crisis, like this pandemic, we are committed to doing our part to provide equipment to them so their employees have protective gear to help them do their jobs.”
Donated items used in DACC classes for health care professionals included gloves, bouffant caps, goggles, disposable gowns, gown covers, masks, face masks, mask ear loops, wipes, probe covers, ear thermometers and temporal scanners. The cost of the donation totaled $9,701. The donated equipment will be replaced by the three health care facilities after the pandemic has passed.
“In the case of a health emergency, DACC can make these donations to help serve the needs of the community,” said DACC Vice President for Business and Finance Kelly Brooks.