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Lamar State College Port Arthur donates protective equipment to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth

BEAUMONT — Lamar State College Port Arthur’s surgical tech department donated essential protective equipment to representatives of CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth on Wednesday in Beaumont to combat the fight against the spread of coronavirus in the city.

Shirley MacNeill, director of allied health for LSCPA, said she is grateful to have found a way to help.

“It’s so difficult to sit here every day with a feeling of not being able to do anything to help,” she said. “We looked around and realized there are ways we can help out neighbors. The region’s medical facilities have been wonderful partners for the college health programs. We are thrilled to be able to give something back as they face this incredible challenge ahead.

Lamar State College Port Arthur Surgical Tech students and professors donated N95 respirator masks and other essential items to members of CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Wednesday in Beaumont. Left to right: Shirley MacNeill, Kari Singleton, Paul Guidroz and Michelle Johnson. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

Lamar State College Port Arthur Surgical Tech Coordinator Brandon Buckner, left, and student Gabby Lonion, right, help hand out N95 respirator masks, gloves and protective clothing to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth officials. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

The donation included 2,400 large, medium and small non-sterile exam gloves, 320 surgical gowns, 75 isolation gowns, 200 exam masks and 200 N95 respiratory masks.

“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.”

Shirley MacNeill, director of Allied Health, far right, and officials of CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth unload over 200 N95 respirator masks donated by Lamar State College Port Arthur. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

Paul Guidroz, Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, said he’s blown away by the gesture.

“We are continuously amazed by the generosity and selflessness of the community we so proudly serve,” he said. “We are so humbled by this tremendous donation of gloves and N95 masks for our providers, and we appreciate the expression of kindness we continue to receive as we respond to COVID-19.”

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
  • 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.”