UT Health San Antonio collecting protective gear for health care providers Tuesday, Wednesday

SAN ANTONIO (March 23, 2020) — UT Health San Antonio is working to support San Antonio’s medical  and health care providers by collecting much-needed supplies of protective gear from the public.

“We expect these supplies will be critically needed by front-line health care workers treating a surge of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks,” said Ruth Berggren,  M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. She also serves as Bexar County’s health care adviser during this epidemic.

Needed supplies

The community is encouraged to donate the following supplies:

– N-95 respirator masks and other face masks, including surgical masks, and masks used by painters, carpenters and hobbyists.

– Medical or disposable gloves.

– Eye protection goggles, but no swim goggles, please.

– Face shields.

– Thermometers.

Original/unopened items are preferred, but not required; however, please do not donate used gloves or masks.

Drop-off location

These items may be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, at UT Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, 78229. Please go to the entry station near the intersection of Floyd Curl and Medical Drive where you will be directed to the drop-off location.

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The Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is named for Texas philanthropists Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long. The school is the largest educator of physicians in South Texas, many of whom remain in San Antonio and the region to practice medicine. The school teaches more than 900 students and trains 800 residents each year. As a beacon of multicultural sensitivity, the school annually exceeds the national medical school average of Hispanic students enrolled. The school’s clinical practice is the largest multidisciplinary medical group in South Texas with 850 physicians in more than 100 specialties. The school has a highly productive research enterprise where world leaders in Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, aging, heart disease, kidney disease and many other fields are translating molecular discoveries into new therapies. The Long School of Medicine is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center known for prolific clinical trials and drug development programs, as well as a world-renowned center for aging and related diseases.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, dba UT Health San Antonio, is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. With missions of teaching, research, patient care and community engagement, its schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have graduated more than 37,000 alumni who are leading change, advancing their fields and renewing hope for patients and their families throughout South Texas and the world. To learn about the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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