Originally published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 09:52p.m.

Every year on National Doctors’ Day, we take a moment to recognize the men and women who choose to dedicate their lives to the delivery of health care. This year, members of our local medical community and YRMC chose to celebrate National Doctors’ Day by giving back to the community through a donation to Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS).

“We are very fortunate to have so many talented healthcare providers in our community,” states Anthony Torres, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “In addition to the work they do every day to provide the important medical care we count on, they are proud to make this community their home, to raise their families here, and to lend a hand to help others.”

PASS was selected as this year’s recipient of the Doctors’ Day donation in the amount of $9,125. The donation, comprised of contributions from YRMC physicians and YRMC, will help pay for a project to provide housing for women with teenage sons.

“Providing safe housing for mothers with teenage sons is an area of need in our community,” states project organizer Bill Resnick, DO, Emergency Medicine, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Michael D’Angelo and I led the project committee and were aware of PASS and their work in the community. After receiving many suggestions from other YRMC physicians, we selected PASS to be the recipient of our first Doctors’ Day donation based on their commitment to provide housing for women in need.”

To date, more than 25 physicians and health care organizations have contributed to the donation.

“We at PASS thank our local physicians and YRMC so very much for choosing us as the recipient for their financial support,” states Carmen Frederic, executive director, Prescott Area Shelter Services. “It really means so much to us that they care deeply about helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Their donation will make it possible for us to launch our new Shelter Expansion Project.

“This project will add much needed space in our shelter to serve a part of our community that isn’t currently being served, mothers with boys 12 and older.”

Information provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center.