Mogollon Health Alliance On A Mission Of Service

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Merging the former Payson Regional Medical Center Foundation, the former Hospital Operations Board and the Payson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary created Mogollon Health Alliance. The reason behind the metamorphosis may not be obvious.

The "old" hospital, had to become new. We recreated ourselves (not from scratch) by keeping the best of what we used to be and by adding what we desired to become. The end result was the Mogollon Health Alliance.

Our mission is to promote vibrant, healthy communities. We accomplish that by supporting activities and services that result in the highest quality of life possible for all community members. We are very proactive. We seek out problems and find needs that we feel our knowledge, effort, money and dedication can either solve or change. Many times we must accept that the good deeds are making a difference for there is no way to qualify or quantify the results of our actions.

MHA, though officed in Payson, is diligently working to represent the interests of all Rim country communities. We believe our area of service to be from Strawberry to Young and from Tonto Basin to Heber. Just by living within this very large part of Arizona makes your needs special to us.

We are blessed with a volunteer group of concerned residents who make up the auxiliary. There are more than 100, but more are needed. They donate tens of thousands of hours for the betterment of patients and their families. They give of themselves daily in the operation of both gift shops and The Almost New Thrift Shop. During the period of July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999, 23,992 volunteer hours were donated to this area. These donated hours have a minimum value of $120,000.

It would be wonderful to provide assistance to any person who asks for help. Regrettably, we must consider what is best for the larger group and the communities at large. This is currently being accomplished through such activities as the MHAX-III cardio-pulmonary program, "GED" education taught through Rim Country Literacy, the women's wellness forums, and financial grants to agencies.

MHA is self-funded. We receive no federal, state or Gila County money. We have a corpus, which is invested at a moderated risk. We earn income from the Almost New Shop and the two gift shops. Collectively, it is not enough.

We have a raffle. The winner will be able to choose from a Ford F350 "powerstroke" truck, a Ford Expedition, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Chevy Tahoe or $35,000 in cash. Also, there are five additional prizes. The drawing will be held Aug. 19, 2000. Each ticket is priced at $100.

We always will be open to your comments, suggestions and ideas. We will continually need the support of all Rim area residents. We ask everyone to help Mogollon Health Alliance in any way feasible.

By lending a hand to us, you will ensure that we will be there to assist you and our Rim country communities.

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