Monday, September 29, 2008

Giving from the Heart: Auxiliary Donates Funds for Cardiac Rehab

The Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary recently donated more than $60,000 to provide cardiac rehabilitation services at the hospital. It is the largest single donation ever made by the Auxiliary to the hospital since the Auxiliary was chartered in 1970. There are more than 90 men and women who volunteer in the PMH Auxiliary.

“This is a much needed service for our community and we are pleased to be able to provide the funds for this new service,” said Margo Coleman, president of the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary. “Establishing cardiac rehab here at Piedmont Mountainside should lessen the drive for those seeking rehab. Currently, the nearest rehab facility is nearly 40 miles away.”

The Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center will be housed in one of the physician office buildings adjacent to the hospital. Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. The outpatient program is designed for the diagnosed heart patient, as well as, those who are at high risk for developing heart disease. Under the supervision of a physician, the rehabilitation staff combines prescriptive exercise training with coronary risk factor modification educational services.

“The PMH Auxiliary continues to be a vital part of this hospital and a vital part of this community,” said Mike Robertson, interim CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “This is an invaluable service for all of our cardiology patients.”

Charted on November 5, 1970, the Auxiliary has made many contributions to the hospital over the years. Its primary goal is to give financial support to the hospital to enhance the care of patients. The PMH Auxiliary has contributed items such as a fetal heart monitor for the maternity ward; a golf cart for visitor/patient transportation from parking lots; new furniture for the hospital chapel; hand-knitted caps for newborns; Teddy bears and dolls for children in the hospital; new bassinets for labor and delivery suites; a TV and video player for the ED pediatric room and surgery waiting room; and two new wheelchairs and benches for the front entrance. Annual fundraising activities include a fashion show luncheon, jewelry and book sales, and other sales, in addition to its Love Light program in which community members make donations in honor or in memory of loved ones.

For more information on joining the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, please contact Regina Camp at 706-301-5300 or via email at For more information on Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, visit
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