Volunteers keep the Memorial Hospital in pink

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If your child was born in Moffat County over the past two decades, Doris Moore, a volunteer with The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, just might have taken his or her newborn baby photo.

Moore, who has helped out for nearly three decades at the hospital,

said one little guy arriving on Oct. 5, 1981, made what she said is the best part of her job just a little brighter that day.

I have a grandson who is going to be 21 next month, and I have a picture of him, Moore said with a smile while working on Fridays time sheets and helping guests at TMHs information desk.

After 27 years of helping out with the TMH Auxiliary the 20-plus strong Pink Ladies corps Moore said shes not slowing down anytime soon.

The TMH Auxiliary volunteers in numerous capacities.

Moore, 80, and fellow Pink Lady Evelyn Pearson have volunteered a combined 56 years and nearly 30,000 hours.

I could stay home and do dishes but Ive done that for as long as I can remember, Moore said laughing. Here, you feel like youre helping.

Pearson, who has been with the group since 1973, said shes just carrying out her sense of community responsibility.

I feel like everybody should do something for their community, Pearson said. I have to be busy. I just cant sit.

Friends introduced both to the group in the early 1970s.

Moores family arrived in Craig in 1975. In earlier days, as a hospital patient, the care she received then left her eager to give back once she was settled in her new home.

Back then, we counted laundry because at that time they didnt have a laundry here, she said. We left flowers in everybodys room.

Some days brought her into the emergency room, or to the side of worried families.

Then, the hospital didnt have full-time ER nurses, so we would greet people, get coffee for them or clean up rooms after they were through, said Moore, who has also worked with the hospitals switchboard and sorted mail.

Today, she works a nine-hour day, twice-per week.

Starting at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, she kept track of volunteer hours and helped patients and guests at TMHs front entrance.

But volunteers rotate positions week to week, according to staff needs, and these days, Pink Ladies do everything from cooking to English-Spanish translation for patients and their families.

Pearson has worked in the hospitals business office almost exclusively.

Her experience at an Idaho newspaper landed her the position on her first day at the hospital.

I worked that day making bed packs, she said. The president of the auxiliary at that time asked if I could type.

Pearson was told to show up at the business office next Tuesday.

Ive been there ever since, she said.

Her duties have changed as time has put patient-account management, and filing duties, in the hands of computers.

Now Im laminating insurance cards and those sort of things, she said.

Both Pearson and Moore noted the changes in the hospital, the building itself and in policy, during their service. The business office, then, Pearson said, about half the size of her living room, was located in todays dining room. Pearson also said she breathes a lot easier with one late-1980s policy change.

The girls in the office would smoke, she said. You would just go home and reek.

Her current 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday non-smoking working environment remains a labor of love, she said. Health permitting, she plans on earning many more volunteer hours.

I wouldnt be there if I didnt think I was doing something that was creative or helping.

Randy Phelps, TMH administrator, said TMH Auxiliary is vital to day-to-day operations of the hospital.

We could function without them, but it would greatly diminish the quality of a lot of nice things for patients, Phelps said.

Theyre also key fund-raisers for various items needed at the hospital.

Several years ago, they raised money for a swamp cooler and air-conditioning in the kitchen, said Phelps, noting TMHs capital budget couldnt afford renovations to the room built in 1950.

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