If you haven't seen the Gracie Lee Haught Education Resource Center at the Payson Regional Medical Center, stop by the hospital and ask for a tour.
What an amazing and exciting thing this is to have happened in Payson. We wish to recognize and thank a few, very deserving people who were instrumental in getting this nurses training center up and running.
First of all, thank you to Tammy DeWees, who not only saw the need, but took the initiative to ask for help. Tammy, you rock. Thank you to Lynn Sommars, who helped with the layout of the rooms, scheduling of classes and who was the cheerleader behind the scenes. Go, Lynn. Thank you to Chris Wolf for his support throughout the whole process, from start to finish. Thank you for understanding the need.
We all know that without support from the big boss it would not have happened. Thank you Rio Salado for your past support in providing an online nurses program with clinicals for those nurses at PRMC. Thank you to Bill Neal and his class of nurses from Gila Community College. Thank you for caring for this facility, like it was your own. We all look forward to Gila County Community College's continued use of this wonderful facility. Thank you to the Gracie Lee Haught Fund committee members who spent hours and hours painting and adding special touches to the "classrooms." It was an act of love and when you see it, you will understand what that means. And, of course, thank you to the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund for providing the vast majority of the funds to make this dream become a reality.
The Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund helps children in many ways. It provides bike helmets for children in kindergarten through second grade; free car seats to keep our babies safe; a safety program at the grade schools to help children recognize and feel safe around officers and health agencies; a free health fair in the fall; and funds to help pay for children's medical bills to those in need. The Haught family, committee, and MHA board, when asked to help with the funding of this facility, never hesitated or wavered. The answer was always "yes."
We need this in our town, so our babies and children can get the best help possible. Train our students here and keep them here, so all of us can get the best care possible. Hopefully, the words "we don't have enough nurses" will be words of the past.
Judy A. Baker, Mogollon Health Alliance Board of Directors