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Ventilators purchased with CMN donations for UNM Children’s Hospital

Each year, thousands of New Mexicans come together to raise over $1.5 million dollars through Children’s Miracle Network.  100% of funds go to UNM Children’s Hospital as “unrestricted,” allowing the hospital to use donations wherever they’re most needed.  Donations are distributed to support special programs like Child Life and Art Therapy, as well as to purchase supplies and life-saving equipment.

UNM Children’s Hospital is a “safety net hospital,” allowing all children to receive care regardless of their family’s ability to pay.  While this creates a 15% deficit for hospital operations each year, UNMCH continues to be patient-family-centered, providing support services to all family members during a child’s visit.  This is made possible one dollar at a time.

Children’s Miracle Network’s national corporate partners are at the forefront of fundraising through their register campaigns, employee giving campaigns and special events.  Partners include Walmart, Speedway, Costco, Panda Express, ACE Hardware, Dairy Queen, IHOP, RE/MAX, Love’s Travel Stops and Credit Unions 4 Kids.

In 2019, UNM Children’s Hospital used funds raised through these corporate partners towards new equipment that is now critical for saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  $239,400 purchased 7 life-saving Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilators and required accessories, pictured below.  These ventilators are used by Pulmonary Services’ team wherever they’re needed most, and now, they’re being used to support our most critically ill patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

Together, New Mexicans are making a tremendous difference in our hospital’s ability to save lives.

UNM Children’s Hospital sees over 66,000 patients each year.  As the only dedicated Children’s Hospital, level-1 trauma center and level-1 burn center in the state, UNMCH serves children from all 33 counties in New Mexico as well as southern Colorado.  With 29 specialties, many of which have the only specialist in the state, patients often travel hours to access the care they need.  UNMCH offers family assistance programs for food and travel, emotional and educational support programs through Child Life, and the best life-saving equipment possible through donations from people like *you*.