EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Thanks to a donation from Marathon Petroleum, University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital are the recipients of 9,600 N95 respirator masks.
Based on patient volumes, UMC received 7,800 masks; EPCH received 1,800. The masks were delivered on Friday as the hospitals and the entire El Paso community prepare for the potential surge in patients infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.”