CRMC’s Kim Sanchez Goes Above the Call of Duty to Make Intubation Boxes for Hospital

Kim Sanchez, a Physical Therapist at CRMC, always has the safety of healthcare workers at the forefront of his mind. “Being a part of the healthcare community during this time, I’ve been concerned for our frontline workers who are at the most risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus,” explains Sanchez. “I feel like everyone should be doing their part, whatever we can do, to help our community right now.”

Two complete intubation boxes were the result of his willingness to help outside his normal line of work. Material costs have been covered by an anonymous donor.

Originally started by Jim Correll, Fab Lab Director, the project hit a standstill once the temporary closure of the Fab Lab prevented them from accessing the CNC router required to make the drawings a reality. The project was then handed off to Robert Cooper who asked Sanchez to assist. Cooper owns a CNC router and Sanchez knew how to operate it.

“We had never worked with Plexiglass before, but we took the challenge and we successfully made it,” said Sanchez, who completed over 95 percent of the project.

The boxes were delivered to the hospital on April 21, 2020 and are accessible through the Emergency Services Department.

“It is my social responsibility to help,” concluded Sanchez. “I was thankful having the opportunity to give back to my community.”

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