On September 13, 2016, the Nurses Office, the women’s clinic in Lakeside, received a grant in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Southern Arizona Foundation, Inc. This money will be used to help women in our community diagnosed with breast cancer pay their medical bills and fight breast cancer. Since June 1, 2016, the Nurses Office has had five women diagnosed with breast cancer in their clinic.
The Southern Arizona Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1988 in Tucson Arizona with the focus on assisting patients diagnosed with kidney disease and needing assistance with kidney dialysis. Since then the Foundation has expanded their giving to institutions of higher learning, scholarships, university research centers and southern Arizona social service agencies. In July, 2016, the Honorable Robert Donfeld visited the Nurses Office. He explained that he is on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Foundation, Inc. and they were currently searching for non-profit organizations to give grants to. He had read an article about the Pinetop Country Club Women’s Golf Association donating $5,510.00 in July, 2015.
It was Mrs. Nancy Isaacson of the Pinetop Country Club Women’s Golf Association who put Judge Donfeld in touch with Debra Smalley of the Nurses Office. “This grant will help make early detection and treatment of breast cancer more available to women in our community. We are very grateful to both Mrs. Isaacson and Judge Donfeld for considering the Nurses Office and seeing the value of what we provide in the community. The Nurses Office just celebrated it’s 23rd year anniversary in the White Mountain region. We are a small nonprofit women’s clinic that has helped many women detect breast cancer and get treatment. We have saved many lives. We are all volunteers yet we have helped many,” explains Debra Smalley, a certified nurse midwife and nurse practitioner.
The Nurses Office has brought the most money to the White Mountains to help our citizens fight breast cancer. In years past they brought in thousands of dollars from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. They are part of the Well Woman Healthcheck Program, a program designed to assist uninsured women detect breast and cervical cancer. Maria Ruelas, patient navigator for the Well Woman Healthcheck Program, and receptionist for the Nurses Office, works hard to make sure all abnormal mammograms and pap tests are followed up in a timely manner. Together Debra and Maria run and staff the Nurses Office trying to make every dollar count. Donations are always appreciated.
Through the Well Woman Healthcheck Program, The Nurses Office can offer free mammograms and pap tests to women who quality. The main qualification is that the woman doesn’t have any health insurance. Women 21 and above can get a free pap test. Women 40 and above can get a free mammogram and pap test. “We know that these tests save lives so we encourage all women to get these tests,” says Maria Ruelas. A mobile mammography van will be coming to the Nurses Office on October 21, 2016. This is a fast, easy way to receive a mammogram. They also work with Summit Healthcare to help women get mammograms.
To contact The Nurses Office, call (928) 368-0461 or (928) 368-0705. They are located in Lakeside at 1757 W. Jackson Lane, right before the Lakeside Post Office.