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The newly unveiled bronze sculpture that stands in front of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center honors hospital volunteers of the past, present and future.

Known as the Gray Ladies during World War II and until recently as Pink Ladies, the volunteer auxiliary, consisting of both women and men, provides thousands of hours of service and thousands of dollars in donated items to the hospital."They give a compassionate, loving, caring, dedicated kind of service we can't buy," said Karma Pectol, director of volunteers. "They now serve in all areas of the hospital, in every department."

One of the auxiliary's most recent contributions to the hospital is the R Kids child-care facility, an on-site care center for the children of hospital employees. The project garnered the auxiliary the American Hospital Association's Award for Volunteer Excellence for Region 8, which encompasses Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Wyoma Robison, current volunteer president, says her philosophy for the volunteers is summed up in a quote by Will Rogers: "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

Some of that giving to the hospital has included medical equipment, furniture, pianos, the lobby solarium and furniture, carpeting, and flooring in the cafeteria.

The volunteers also run the center's snack bar and gift shop. Throughout the year they provide special services such as "jam and bread day" for the medical staff, flowers for patients on Mother's Day, year-round raffles of homemade quilts and the annual bazaar. Donations from these events go directly to meet the hospital's special needs.

Volunteers also give a personal remembrance, a white baby blan-ket/shawl to families whose newborn has died.

There are more than 300 senior volunteers (over 18 years old) and 60 junior volunteers (age 14-18). They are expected to give at least four volunteer hours per week and stay at least six months.

Several students from local colleges serve as volunteers to help prepare them for medical school. "It is good for some of the male pre-med students," Pectol said.

Those interested in volunteering at the hospital should call Pectol at 373-7850, ext. 2645.