2019-2020 Innovation of the Year Award Winner: San Juan College

Community Collaboration Produces Medical Supplies During a Pandemic

As San Juan County became one of the highest COVID-19 positive counties in New Mexico, it became nearly impossible to find vendors that could keep medical facilities well stocked in necessary supplies. In a time of need, the San Juan College Makerspace partnered with ABC Canvas and PESCO to produce face shields and ventilator hose adapters for San Juan Regional Medical Center, Pinon Family Practice, and Northern Navajo Medical Center. Each team member used their services in an innovative way to produce 700 medical face shields and 150 ventilator hose adapters. A New Mexico Tech freshman majoring in engineering, a PESCO business development manager, the owner of ABC Canvas, and San Juan College’s President became aware of the community’s need for personal protective equipment and worked together to solve the problem.

Innovators: Logan Byrom, Gayle Dean, Toni Pendergrass

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