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Former Director of CNM’s Respiratory Therapy Program Awards CNM Half a Million Dollars

April 19, 2017 -- Diane Klepper, M.D., former medical director of CNM’s Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, has awarded the college $500,000 to ensure that respiratory therapy is available throughout New Mexico, particularly in the rural areas.

Apr 19, 2017

Former Director of CNM’s Respiratory Therapy Program Awards CNM Half a Million Dollars

Her donation will be celebrated on April 26 during a ceremony at 12:45 p.m. in the CNM Main Campus JS Building, Room 211. A teaching lab will be named in her honor at that time. On hand will be CNM President Katharine Winograd and the CNM Governing Board.

Klepper graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1964 – one of two female students in a class of 100 – and completed a residency at the University of Washington. She served as medical director of CNM’s Pulmonary program from1989-2012.

She was recently honored as a University of New Mexico School of Medicine Living Legend. She served as the school’s assistant and later associate dean for admissions and student affairs for 31 years.

She is known for her interest in helping students from rural areas earn their medical degrees at UNM and stay in the state to establish their practices. Her clinical practice was statewide.

Respiratory therapy is an allied health profession specializing in diagnostic testing, therapeutic treatment and critical care support for patients suffering from life-threatening or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. Under medical direction, respiratory therapists assess and treat patients, monitor and evaluate cardiopulmonary function, perform diagnostic testing and maintain life-support systems for patients in critical care settings.

“We are greatly honored to accept this gift from Dr. Klepper,” said Charles Fatta, CNM Respiratory program manager. “We will be sure to use it to reach out to rural areas in the state.”