Mha 'Pink Ladies' Look For More Volunteers

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The "pink ladies" from the Mogollon Health Alliance are in need of donations of furniture, appliances, household items and clothing for their Almost New Shop at 304 E. Aero.

The alliance not only operates the thrift store, it oversees operation of the two gift shops at the hospital and is on hand daily to assist the nurses in patient services.

Although the alliance is 120 members strong, more volunteers are needed. With the ever growing number of thrift stores in Payson, the Alliance wants people to know it is a non-profit organization, and all funds raised stay right in Payson.

The alliance mission is to promote health education for members of the community through programs, activities and grants. It funds many worthwhile projects, including the MHAXIII Cardiopulmonary Exercise Program which teaches people with cardiopulmonary problems how to improve quality of life. Additionally it offers grants to area fire departments for medical education of their personnel.

The alliance also gives health-related scholarships for high school students and adults, and sponsors the annual Women's Wellness Forum and Community Health Fair.

Chances are, if you have had surgery at Payson Regional Medical Center, you or your family have received some type of assistance from alliance volunteers.

"We are there to see to the comfort of the patients outside of medical care," Ruth Nelson, auxiliary coordinator, said.

The alliance is currently raising money to fund CPR classes in 2002 which will be open to the general public.

"We are also hoping to sponsor those EMTs who are wanting to become paramedics," Judy Baker, marketing manager for the alliance, said. The schooling for a paramedic will go from a one-year to a two-year program after January 2002 and is expensive.

Anyone wishing to contact the alliance can stop by its office at 708 E. Highway 260, Bldg. C-1, Suite A, or call 472-2588.

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