Staff Writer

Imagine that a loved one has become ill or was in an accident and they were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment and then you hear that he or she is being transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital. So, what are you to do when you have nothing to take with you, as everything is at home, and your loved one is on the way to an out-of-town hospital? Ann Mumper of Punxsutawney and the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church have come to your rescue by creating flight bags. The 2016 Annual Pennsylvania Rural Health Awards Committee recognized Mumper for her substantial contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania on Monday at a special ceremony held at Punxsutawney Area Hospital. Pictured (front, from left) are Deb Mumper, Ann's daughter-in-law; Myrna Jennings, Ann's daughter; Ann Mumper, Rural Health Hero of the Year; Lisa Davis, director and outreach associate professor, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health; (back) Hank Mumper, Ann's son; Rev. Brett Swanson, pastor of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church; Daniel Blough, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) CEO; Norm Fry, nurse manager at the PAH Emergency Department; Joanna Boarts, district constituent outreach coordinator for state Rep. Cris Dush; and Dr. Clark Simpson, director of PAH Acute Care Services. Read the full story in Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)