PCH Auxiliary welcomes volunteers as district meeting host
The Piggott Community Hospital Auxiliary served as host for the Northeast Arkansas Hospital Auxiliaries' fall district meeting held Monday at the Piggott Community Center. The event not only allowed the volunteers from throughout the region the opportunity to update their activities as part of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association (AHAA), but also gave them a chance to come together with other volunteers and enjoy a day of laughter and celebration.
The Pink Ladies of the PCH Auxiliary hosted nearly 100 volunteers from across the region. Representatives from Piggott Community Hospital were joined by others from Arkansas Methodist Medical Center of Paragould, Crittenden Regional Hospital of West Memphis, Crossridge Community Hospital of Wynne, Forrest City Medical Center of Palestine, Helena Regional Medical Center of West Helena, Lawrence Health Services, NEA Baptist Hospital of Jonesboro, SMC Regional Hospital of Osceola and St. Bernards Medical Center of Jonesboro.
Anita Allman, president of the PCH Auxiliary, gave an update of the organization's current activities. Allman noted the upcoming jewelry sale held by the auxiliary, set for Oct. 27 and 28 at the PCH Home Health Building, as a main fundraiser for the organization, which provides two annual scholarships to local students pursuing a career in the medical field.
Allman was unable to suppress a smile when discussing the organization's Junior Auxililiary, made up of students in the seventh through 12th grades.
"We have 50 young people in our Junior Auxiliary," Allman said. "This is one of the best groups we've ever had."
Allman recounted a story about a patient in his 80's who had a lengthy hospital stay. The homemade cards from the Junior Auxiliary became some of his most prized keepsakes.
"He said no one else came to see him and he was putting those cards on his refrigerator," Allman shared.
Also during the meeting, Allman was presented with an AHAA Award of Excellence which the Piggott organization had won at the spring meeting. The award recognizes those organizations that go the extra mile in working with their local hospital and community.
A number of door prizes provided by the auxiliary and local sponsors were given away throughout the assembly. The prizes served as a nice treat for the many volunteers who give freely of their own time.
Piggott Mayor Gerald Morris served as the special guest speaker for the event. Morris shared information on the background of Piggott with the visitors while also applauding the efforts of the PCH Auxiliary, as well as those of the other auxiliaries present. Morris noted he had firsthand experience of the auxiliary's efforts, having been visited by the volunteers and witnessing the benefits of their valued contributions during the illnesses of loved ones.
"When you do the kind of work you people do, you're not doing it to get something in return," Morris said to the group. "You're doing it solely to help others."
The event concluded with a catered meal accompanied by a performance from the Piggott High School Jazz Band.
The event was well-received, with the visitors passing along many positive remarks in regards to the PCH Auxiliary, the city and the band's performance.
"I think everything turned out great," Allman said. "A lot of work went into preparing for this, but everything turned out well in the end. I want to thank everyone who helped make this a success."