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ENMU-R donates equipment to local hospital

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Submitted Photo ENMU-R recently delivered about $1,500 worth of personal protective equipment to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has donated about $1,500 worth of protective equipment to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

The donations were primarily procedural masks, gloves and isolation gowns, said Laurie Jensen, ENMU-R assistant vice president of health education.

“That is what we use in our lab skill courses and our clinical courses. So as we train our students, that would have been the supplies that were intended for their use,” she said.

Jensen explained that with the cessation of in-person instruction at ENMU-R as well as other New Mexico schools due to the coronavirus crisis, the school had supplies that were not immediately needed. On the other hand, hospitals are having a problem obtaining enough supplies, and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center had asked for personal protective equipment. Jensen said that ENMU-R administrators and faculty thought that they wanted to do what they could to ensure that local hospital employees had what they needed.

“We felt it was an excellent use of the equipment,” she said.

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On March 25, Jesse Davis, the Emergency Medical Services director for ENMU-R, dropped off a “pick-up truck” full of the supplies for Chief Executive Officer Warren Yehl.

Jensen said that the donations have been cleared with the necessary state officials and added that the medical center has ensured the school that it will provide ENMU-R with the needed personal protective supplies for students and faculty once the current emergency is over and on-campus classes resume.