Rancho Mirage, Calif.-based International Medical Alliance is receiving donations intended for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee.

Rancho Mirage, Calif.-based International Medical Alliance is receiving donations intended for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee.

"We don't want the public to confuse our two organizations and we will continue to return donations we believe are intended for the Knoxville-based organization," Tracey Allen, co-founder of International Medical Alliance of California, said in a statement.

The California-based group, whose Web site is www.internationalmedicalalliance.org, has organized annual medical missions to Ecuador for nine years and plans to provide medical care, including surgeries, to indigent people in Nicaragua this summer.

Meanwhile, the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee is generating publicity across the country for its humanitarian efforts in Haiti. The Knoxville-based group, notes on its Web site, www.imaonline.org, that it has previously organized medical missions along the U.S. Gulf Coast, Kenya and the Dominican Republic, places where the California-based group has not yet been involved.

ThisWeek Clintonville carried a story Jan. 28 about local resident Randi W. Cohen, a volunteer with the Tennessee-based group who was preparing to join colleagues near the Haitian border with the Dominican Republican this month.

"We didn't know that International Medical Alliance of Tennessee existed until we started seeing news accounts about their efforts in Haiti," Allen said in his statement. "Then we started receiving checks intended for their outreach efforts in Haiti."

Allen said he contacted the Tennessee group to ask it to use its full name with donors and the public so the group is not confused with the Rancho Mirage organization.

But Allen said he continues to receive checks, which he has returned to the donors along with letters explaining the situation.