In the grand scheme of the COVID-19 global pandemic, small gestures truly do make a big difference. Lamar State College Port Arthur donated medical supplies from its Allied Health Program to CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday, March 25, including 200 of the highly-sought-after N95 respiratory masks. The idea for the supply donation was that of Allied Health Director Shirley MacNeill and her program coordinators.
“It’s so difficult to sit here every day with a feeling of not being able to do anything to help," MacNeill said. “We looked around and realized there are ways we can help our neighbors.
“The region's medical facilities have been wonderful partners for Lamar State College Port Arthur's Allied Health programs,” she said. “We are thrilled to be able to give something back as they face this incredible challenge ahead.”
The supplies, which are used in LSCPA’s nursing and surgical technology programs, includes 75 isolation gowns, 2,400 non-sterile exam gloves of varying sizes, 800 sterile exam gloves, 170 surgical gowns, 200 regular exam masks and 200 N95 respiratory masks.
“We are continuously amazed by the generosity and selflessness of the community we so proudly serve,” said Paul Guidroz, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “We are so humbled by this tremendous donation of gloves and N95 masks for our providers, and we appreciate the expressions of kindness we continue to receive as we respond to COVID-19.”
Many of LSCPA’s nursing and surgical technology students graduate and go right to work at the region’s various medical institutions, including the CHRISTUS facilities.
“With what we’ve seen so far with COVID-19, medical supplies are going to be more and more in short supply,” MacNeill said. “What we are offering is a small gesture but if we all make a small gesture, together it will become something huge.”