March 22, 2020
My name is Dr. Joseph A. Heppert, Vice President for Research and Innovation at Texas Tech University. My office is working with TTU President Lawrence Schovanec, TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, and TTU System Chancellor Tedd Mitchell to coordinate efforts to expand COVID-19 testing in this region, and to get needed material resources to front-line medical professionals in our community.
One of the challenges we are seeing is a growing shortage of gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by health care providers across the City of Lubbock. We hope that clinics and hospitals will eventually be able to obtain PPE from their normal commercial providers, but at present their typical supply chains are completely overwhelmed. They need assistance to protect front line health providers. We are reaching out to dental and veterinary professionals across the community to try and meet this need.
I understand that many of you probably need to reserve PPE to maintain critical functions in your businesses, but if you have spare PPE that could be donated to local hospitals and front-line health professionals, we want to help facilitate this process. The following is a list of critically needed PPE for the community:
- Exam gloves - all sizes
- Isolation gowns
- Bleach wipes
- Eye shields
- Face shields
- Isolation masks
- N95 masks
I made a similar appeal to the university research community yesterday, and we have already had an overwhelming response of donations. Dr. Harry Slife, Director of Facilities Administration at TTUHSC will be coordinating distribution of these donated materials to city hospitals and clinics.
In order to facilitate donations, we have identified a drive-up donation site on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Campus. A map showing the donation site is linked below. The donation site can be found by following the signs for the UMC Emergency room on 8th Street then look for the donation sign. You will be able to drive up to the donation site, drop off your material, and receive documentation of the supplies donated. Once the situation returns to normal, we will provide you with a letter documenting your donation, so that you can apply for reimbursement from the government, or apply the donation as a tax deduction.
If you can donate PPE to this effort, please fill out the sheet with the following information and bring the sheet to the drop off site along with your donation: Your name and how you would like to be contacted with the donation schedule, the name of your practice, and the approximate amount of the items being donated. information. Donations will be accepted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 am through 1 pm.
Thank you for considering this request. My best wishes to you and your family.Drop Off Point
TTU Vice President for Research and Innovation