Change Bandit Bash to Benefit Children's Hospital

April 20, 2007

Contact: Daniel Jaecks (505) 277-5684


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., ITZ, a new family-oriented restaurant and recreation facility located at 4595 San Mateo Blvd. NE (on the NW corner of San Mateo and Montgomery), will be hosting the Change Bandit Bash to benefit UNM Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

This year, we are hoping that our wonderful change bandits can raise $35,000. Each year Children’s Miracle Network partners with Albuquerque’s favorite radio station, 100.3 The Peak, to raise money and awareness for UNM Children’s Hospital; where tiny and big miracles take place every day.

As a "Change Bandit," individuals or groups are helping to officially kick-off our 9th Annual Radiothon being hosted by 100.3 The Peak. This is an exciting and fun way to get involved, help kids, and give back to the children of New Mexico.

What exactly is a "Change Bandit?"

"Change Bandits" are volunteers who sign up to collect donations from their co-workers, classmates, families, and friends for the three weeks leading up to Radiothon. "Change Bandits" can represent companies, departments within companies, schools and organizations, or themselves.

What exactly do I have to do?

1. You will receive the following from us: "Wanted, Your Change" posters, "I’ve been Robbed for a Beary Good Cause" stickers, a coin collection bag to help you promote the program and collect money and a "Change Bandit" t-shirt.

2. Ask for money from your co-workers, friends and family of (please make sure checks are made payable to UNM Children’s Hospital).

3. Let the donor that that their money will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment as well as fund programs like Child Life.

4. Set a goal yourself! Most "Change Bandits" can collect a minimum of $100.

5. Overall goal for 2007 is to sign up 350 "Change Bandits" who can collect $100 or more.

What do I do with the money?

This year, we are holding a "Change Bandit" bash and you and one guest are invited! "Change Bandits" will be required to turn in their money at this "Change Bandit" bash. The "Change Bandit" bash will take place on Friday, April 20, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be held at ITZ on San Mateo.

April 16, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690


UNMH Outpatient Pharmacy Open on Saturdays Starting April 21

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Starting Saturday, April 21, the University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) Outpatient Pharmacy, located on 1209 University Blvd. N.E., will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The pharmacy will also continue to be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

According to Dr. Louis Achusim, executive director of pharmacy at UNMH, the Saturday opening is part of the hospital’s continuing effort to improve customer service.

"For more than 10 years now, we have only hired nationally certified pharmacy technicians," said Achusim. "Since 1996, we have utilized technology extensively to reduce medication errors, while speeding up prescription turnaround time. In October 2006, we introduced centralized prescription refill service, making it possible to centralize all our clinics prescription refills function to one location. We will continue to monitor our pharmacy service and will revise it as needed to continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations."

The UNMH Outpatient Pharmacy fills up to 3,200 prescriptions daily in the area, making it the busiest pharmacy in New Mexico. Over 98 percent of the pharmacy’s patient population is Bernalillo County indigent patients.

The pharmacy is equipped with robotics technology for filling prescriptions and has an interactive voice response telephone that answers calls 24 hours a day. When these two devices are combined with the pharmacy’s information system, customers’ phoned in prescriptions are filled automatically with little pharmacy staff intervention. The pharmacy also provides mail order service for customer convenience.

To contact the UNMH Outpatient Pharmacy, call (505) 272-2308.

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