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Medical Center Provides Relief to Nursing School After Flash Floods

After being forced out of its nursing building and losing several thousands of dollars in equipment due to flash floods last fall, Navajo Technical University’s School of Nursing received relief from Lovelace Medical Center with a large donation of medical supplies.

The supplies will be used for classroom training purposes for both NTU’s Registered Nursing and Pre Nursing programs, which have since both relocated back to their classrooms to start the second semester of NTU’s academic year. Items donated by Lovelace included: various solution and injection sets; soap bars and sterile water; adhesive and plastic bandages; gauze sponges and antibiotic ointment; gloves and surgical masks; IV and dressing supplies; and ted hose.

“We are happy to donate needed medical supplies to the Nursing Department at Navajo Technical University,” said Troy Greer, CEO of Lovelace Medical Center. “Lovelace is committed to helping those in our community when natural disasters strike and we are pleased our donation can make a difference.”

According to NTU Registered Nursing instructor, Jonathan Lumibao, the supplies will make a difference as NTU’s School of Nursing works towards normalcy. “The donation is great for learning purposes. We received supplies that we previously didn’t have so we’ll be able to work on skills we haven’t been able to do before,” explained Lumibao.

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Flash floods hit Navajo Technical University on September 13, 2013, with NTU’s nursing classrooms absorbing the most damage. Nursing classes were relocated to Diné College’s Crownpoint site to finish the semester while the classrooms were gutted for repair and remodeling.

The reconstruction of NTU’s nursing classrooms required several visits from FEMA and the Navajo Nation Risk Management office, but the building was reopened in December. According to Jacqueline Waggoner, NTU’s nursing director, the program is still taking inventory on damages and is seeking additional supplies and linens.

“The nursing students at Navajo Technical University will greatly benefit from having these medical supplies,” stated Waggoner. “The nursing program is truly grateful to Lovelace Medical Center.”

For more information about NTU’s School of Nursing or how you can donate, contact Jacqueline Waggoner at 505-786-4124 or by email at