Faculty and staff produce PPE for hospital

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Head of Fashion Design Ezra Estes cutting fabric and modeling a protective gown

SFCC continues to participate in the regional initiative known as Operation Protective Gowns, producing PPE for health care personnel at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

Media Arts Program faculty member Peter Taussig got the project rolling by taking the submitted pattern and reconfiguring it for a large-scale printer. He then printed the patterns for the stitching teams. Head of Fashion Design Ezra Estes, Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel, Trades and Advanced Technologies Technician Ondine Frauenglass, Director of Assessment & Accreditation Jill Carlson, and Film faculty member Jessi Walsh have all contributed to more than 80 gowns that have been cut and sewn entirely by volunteers. Santa Fe Higher Education Center interim director Meghan McGarrity has served as a liaison between the college and the hospital. Other partners in the project include the Santa Fe Opera Guild, MAKE Santa Fe and Meow Wolf.

The hospital thanked the volunteers on its Facebook page: “You may not ever see these gowns on the red carpet, but for us, they are a beautiful sight to behold! Twelve volunteer groups are working to sew a total of 1000 gowns as part of our Operation Protective Gowns project funded by the nonprofit Anchorum St. Vincent. The materials have been carefully selected and approved by the Infection Control Team. The fabric is lightweight and waterproof making it comfortable for health care workers to wear for a full shift at a time… Thank you to Santa Fe Community College for printing the patterns! These gowns will be used to protect our frontline health care workers and providers.” See photos from the Christus St. Vincent Hospital Facebook page.