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  • YRMC Family Resource Center Continues Its Free Car Seat Program

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Dec 05, 2018

    The Family Resource Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center has once again partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to offer a free car seat safety program to families in Yavapai County.

    2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Family Resource Center serving families in the Quad City area.  Via the Family Resource Center’s Healthy Families program, parents and children are offered free home visits from highly trained early childhood specialists. This program supports healthy pregnancies, bonding and attachment, and ways to promote healthy brain development to create the foundation for emotional regulation and a child’s ability to respond to everything in life as they enter into adulthood. Healthy Families also provides developmental screenings and connections to community resources, individualized for each family.

    A renewed grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the amount of $10,860 will support the Family Resource Center team to be able to continue to offer car seat safety checks, distribute seats free of charge when needed, and provide supporting education to help keep children safe inside their family’s vehicles. In 2018, over 90% of seats checked via this program arrived in an unsafe configuration, greatly increasing the child’s risk of injury or death in the event of a car accident. ​

    Recipients need a vehicle with working seat belts and will receive 30 minutes of child safety seat education, typically scheduled on an individual basis.  The education and safety checks are provided by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians.

    Keeping your child safe is one of the most important jobs that caregivers have. YRMC’s Family Resource Center and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety have made it easier for many of our families in the Quad City area to do just that. For more information, please call the Family Resource Center at (928) 771-5651.

  • Prescott Medical Imaging Introduces Technology to Detect Bone Loss Disease

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Nov 06, 2018

    Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) – gold standard technology for measuring bone mass and diagnosing osteoporosis – is now available at Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI) in Prescott.

    With the introduction of DXA to PMI, the service is now accessible to people throughout the community. DXA is also available at the BreastCare Center at YRMC East.

    How does DXA work? During a DXA exam, the patient lies flat on a comfortable, padded table. An x-ray generator is located below the patient and an imaging device, or detector, is positioned above. The detector passes over the patient, generating images on a computer monitor.

    “DXA is quick, painless and uses very little radiation,” said Michael J. Locke, BBA, BBM, CRA, Outpatient Imaging Operations Manager at PMI and Prescott Valley Medical Imaging (PVMI). “The exam lasts approximately 10 minutes. After the exam, one of our experienced PMI radiologists interprets the DXA and shares the results with the patient’s physician.”

    Osteoporosis – which causes bones to weaken and easily break – is a “silent disease.” Some people don’t realize they have experienced dangerous bone loss until they suffer a fracture.

    “DXA is an extremely important preventive and diagnostic tool,” said Mary Sterling, Director of Imaging Services at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “The information DXA provides helps patients and their physicians develop a plan that can prevent fractures due to osteoporosis.”

    Who should undergo DXA? Talk to your physician about your risk for osteoporosis and the possibility of undergoing DXA. In general, risk factors for osteoporosis include:

    • Being over age 50 and female (men typically begin to experience bone loss after age 70)
    • Menopause, particularly early-onset menopause
    • A family history of osteoporosis
    • Being small and thin
    • Broken bones or height loss

    For more information about DXA and other imaging services, contact:

    Prescott Medical Imaging
    810 Whipple Street
    Prescott, Arizona
    (928) 771-7577
    hometownradiology.org

    The BreastCare Center at YRMC East
    7700 East Florentine Road
    Prescott Valley, Arizona
    (928) 442-8900
    YRMC.org


  • Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures: Have Your Questions Answered by a Leading Neurosurgeon

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Oct 17, 2018

    Spinal fractures due to osteoporosis – a disease that causes the body to lose bone, make too little bone or both – are among the most painful. These fractures are also often ignored by people 50 years of age and older, the most often affected age group.

    Learn about treatment options for these common spinal fractures during an informative presentation – Osteoporosis Induced Spinal Fractures: What You Need to Know – with John Spitalieri, DO, Neurosurgeon, YRMC PhysicianCare.

    The free presentation takes place:

    Saturday, November 10, 2018
    9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    The Club at Prescott Lakes
    311 East Smoke Tree Lane, Prescott
    Free Presentation § Reservations Required
    RSVP by November 2 to (928) 708-4636
    A healthy breakfast will be provided.

    Some people experience back pain after a spinal fracture, but others attribute their pain to back strain and some have no symptoms. This can make diagnosing spinal fractures very difficult. Over time, a spinal fracture that’s left untreated may result in:

    • Back pain that gets worse when standing or walking
    • Trouble bending or twisting your body
    • Loss of height
    • A curved, stooped shape to your spine

    Dr. Spitalieri – who treats people with a wide range of neurological issues at YRMC PhysicianCare’s Spine Center – has extensive experience helping people with spinal fractures live a more active life.

    A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Spitalieri pursued a residency in Neurosurgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California. This was followed by a fellowship in Neurosurgery at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and a Pediatric Spine Surgery fellowship at Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

    To RSVP for Osteoporosis Induced Spinal Fractures: What You Need to Know, or for more information, call (928) 708-4636.

  • Curious About Patient Blood Management? Join YRMC’s Live Stream PBM Symposium

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Oct 02, 2018

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in Patient Blood Management (PBM). The public has the opportunity to join these PBM pioneers for Patient Blood Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, YRMC’s sixth PBM Symposium.

    The Symposium will be broadcast live from Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott for the public to live stream. Log-in to learn about the science and history behind PBM on:

    Date:

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Time:

    6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time

    Log-In Options:

    YRMCHealthConnect.org/pbm or Facebook.com/YavapaiRegionalMedicalCenter

    For Information:

    (928) 771-5109

    What does PBM mean to you as a patient? It minimizes blood loss, reduces unnecessary transfusions and improves patient outcomes when medical teams embrace evidence-based PBM medical and surgical concepts.

    YRMC’s PBM Symposium will include an expert panel and “aha moment” videos that highlight significant PBM experiences among Symposium participants.

    Additionally, these Prescott, Arizona PBM experts will give thought-provoking, informative talks on:

    • The Wonder of Blood -- Daniel Beck, MD, Anesthesiologist, Prescott Anesthesia
    • The History of Transfusion Medicine -- Pierre Tibi, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Patient Blood Management and the James Family Heart Center at YRMC West
    • Transfusion Medicine, Where We are Today -- Elizabeth Black, Data Manager/Assistant Coordinator, Patient Blood Management Program, YRMC
    • Transfusion Medicine, What the Future Holds -- Jared Head, AGACNP-BC, Hospitalist, NAZ Hospitalist     
    • Heart Surgery Without “Surgery” -- Soundos Moualla, MD, Cardiologist, YRMC PhysicianCare        
    • Nurses: Creating an Environment in Which Patients Thrive -- Selina Bliss, MS, PhD, RN, YRMC

    •  Out-of-Town, But Not Out-of-Time -- Dale Black, Patient Blood Management Program Coordinator, YRMC

                For more information about Patient Blood Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, visit YRMCHealthConnect.org/pbm or call (928) 771-5109.


  • First WATCHMAN Procedure at YRMC’s James Family Heart Center

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 23, 2018

    The James Family Heart Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has reached another significant medical milestone with the introduction of the left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) procedure, better known as the “WATCHMAN.”

    “The launch of this new service is another excellent example of why the community can be proud to have this state-of-the-art Heart Center right here at home,” said Pierre Tibi, MD, Medical Director of The James Family Heart Center at YRMC.  

    The WATCHMAN is performed in YRMC’s hybrid operating suite – regarded as among the finest in the nation – by either Soundos K. Moualla, MD, YRMC Structural and Interventional Cardiologist, or Nisha Tung-Takher, MD, YRMC Cardiac Electrophysiologist.

    Who is eligible for the WATCHMAN? The procedure is designed for people with Afib (atrial fibrillation) that’s not related to a heart valve problem as well as people who don’t respond well to blood thinners. Afib affects the heart’s ability to pump blood normally. It can cause blood to pool in the left atrial appendage and form a clot. A permanent heart implant, the WATCHMAN, reduces the risk of blood clots originating in the left atrial appendage.

     “These blood clots can escape from the left atrial appendage, enter the bloodstream and cause a stroke,” said Gwen Rhodes, RN, YRMC Patient Navigator. “Many stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are formed in the left atrial appendage. That’s why closing off this part of the heart is recommended for some people as a way to reduce their risk of stroke.”

    Specially trained physicians like Drs. Moualla and Tung-Takher use computer guidance to implant the WATCHMAN device, which is about the size of a quarter. After making a small incision in the upper leg, these physicians insert a narrow tube, similar to a standard stent procedure, and guide the WATCHMAN into the left atrial appendage. The WATCHMAN device closes off that part of the heart to stop blood clots from escaping.

    For more information about the WATCHMAN and other YRMC James Family Heart Center services, visit YRMC HealthConnect at yrmchealthconnect.org and YRMC’s website at yrmc.org. Connect with YRMC on social media at:

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  • YRMC Planning to Expand Access to Primary Care Services in the Chino Valley Area

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 09, 2018

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is taking an important step to expand healthcare services for people in Chino Valley, Ash Fork, Paulden and other communities in the region.

    YRMC will relocate YRMC PhysicianCare Family Medicine, which opened in Chino Valley in 2016, to a larger building at 474 N. State Route 89 in Chino Valley this summer. At the end of May that building’s current occupants – Chino Valley Medical Center–Urgent Care – will close. YRMC will update the facility and re-configure it as a primary care medical practice before opening as YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care in late summer.

    “The new YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care facility is a good example of YRMC’s continued commitment to deliver high-quality healthcare throughout the region,” said John Amos, President and CEO of YRMC. “This latest expansion will give more people of our community easier access to YRMC’s exceptional network of primary care providers.”

    YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care in Chino Valley will deliver primary care medicine through a team of healthcare professionals including physicians, advanced clinical practitioners and other highly trained professionals.

    Physicians Jean Earl, DO, and Charity Weldt, MD, will continue to serve patients at the new YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care location. Two other physicians will join the Chino Valley team shortly after it opens in the new location and a third will join in November, bringing the total number of physicians to five.

    “The new YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care will be larger and give YRMC a good base from which to continue expanding our healthcare services for the region,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, YRMC Community Outreach and Philanthropy.

    People who are currently receiving care at YRMC PhysicianCare Family Medicine in Chino Valley will simply drive to the new location once the move happens. No new patient documentation will need to be completed by current patients. New patients will need to complete new patient documentation. 

    To keep the community informed of when YRMC PhysicianCare Primary Care will start accepting new patients, YRMC will use a variety of sources.

    “We of course will keep the local media outlets informed of our timeline to open. Another great way to receive information when it’s first announced is by subscribing to YRMC HealthConnect and connecting with YRMC on social media,” said Ken Boush, YRMC’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “It’s a great way to receive YRMC news early.”

    To subscribe to YRMC HealthConnect, visit https://yrmchealthconnect.org. Check out YRMC’s website at www.yrmc.org and reach YRMC on social media at:

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  • Crawfest 2018 Raises $30,000 to Keep Kids Healthy

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 09, 2018

    Good friends, great food and good times were the order of the day as more than 300 gathered to raise more than $30,000 to promote children’s health. Sponsored by Dr. Peter Tibi and Yavapai Cardiac Surgery, the 6th Annual Crawfest was held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Holiday Gardens Courtyard in downtown Prescott.  

    Tibi, together with his friend and co-worker, Mississippi-born Jared Head, served up a spicy Cajun menu of crawfish, jambalaya, outrageous desserts and refreshing libations. Mixed with the fabulous sounds of Mother Road Trio and the Alter Ego Band, you felt like you were in The Big Easy.

    “We couldn’t do this alone. We had great support from our many friends and our corporate sponsors,” said Tibi.  Crawfest event sponsors included: Air Methods/Native Air; Boyle, Pecharich, Cline, Whittington & Stallings, P.L.L.C.; Northern Arizona Hospitalists; Prescott Anesthesia Associates P.L.L.C.; Voya Financial; Wells Fargo; Wells Fargo Securities and Yavapai Pathology Associates.

    Funds raised benefit Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC) “Partners for Healthy Students” program. Founded in 1999, Partners for Healthy Students provides primary, preventive, vision, and other healthcare services to school children and their siblings throughout YRMC’s service area. Services are provided at no cost to those with little or no insurance or the ability to pay.

    “The impact of our program touches our entire community. We keep children healthy and in the classroom attentive and learning. We keep moms and dads at work. And in the end, healthy, loving families and a reliable workforce are two vital components of strong and vibrant communities,” said Program Director, Amy Negovan.

    To learn more about YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students program, contact the YRMC Foundation by calling (928) 771–5169.

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  • YRMC Focuses on Convenient Access to 3-D Digital Breast Imaging for Women

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Apr 04, 2018

    Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI) now offers breast tomosynthesis – also called 3-D digital breast imaging – as part of their mammography screening services. PMI joins the BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott Valley – which has two 3-D digital imaging units – to make the service conveniently available throughout the community.

    “Our goal is to ensure women have 3-D digital breast imaging available when they need it and where they need it,” said Mary Sterling, Director of Imaging Services at YRMC. “This is about convenience and peace of mind for our patients.”

    In addition to the most advanced 3-D digital breast imaging, women also have available an exceptional team of radiologists and breast imaging technologists at these locations:

    Prescott Medical Imaging
    810 Whipple Street
    (928) 771-7577

    The BreastCare Center at
    Yavapai Regional Medical Center
    7700 East Florentine Road
    (928) 442-8900

    This additional availability of 3-D digital breast imaging will be particularly good news for the 43 percent of women ages 40 to 74 years old who are classified as having dense breast tissue. On a mammogram, dense breast tissue appears white as do breast masses or tumors. This means dense tissue can sometimes mask tumors.

    “Breast tomosynthesis technology allows our radiologists to see dense breast tissue better because it collects the images in slices, unlike traditional mammography,” explained Sterling.

    The 3-D digital technology can prevent women with dense breast tissue from undergoing several imaging studies, giving them information faster. Even more important, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2016, adding 3-D digital breast imaging can help physicians better detect cancers in dense breast tissue.

    To learn more about 3-D digital breast imaging, women should speak to their doctor. To schedule 3-D digital breast imaging or other imaging services, contact PMI at (928) 771-7577 or the BreastCare Center at YRMC at (928) 442-8900.

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  • YRMC’s Vein Center Introduces Painless Method to Treat Vein Disease

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 20, 2018

    The Vein Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is the first provider in northern Arizona to offer VenaSeal™ ablation therapy to treat varicose veins, spider veins and other symptoms of the vein disease, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

    “Patients are very happy with VenaSeal ablation therapy,” said Anil Kumar, MD, FAAC, RPVI, Medical Director of the Vein Center at YRMC in Prescott Valley. “This new therapy does not require multiple injections to numb their legs, which can be painful or uncomfortable for people. Also, after VenaSeal ablation therapy, most people do not need to wear compression stockings.”

    CVI occurs when the valves in the veins of the lower leg no longer function properly. This makes blood flow backward, which leads to enlarged or varicose veins as well as other painful symptoms.

    “Chronic venous insufficiency can result in lifestyle-limiting lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage and ulcerations,” said Dr. Kumar. “It’s a serious condition that affects many people in our community.”

    During VenaSeal ablation therapy, Dr. Kumar places a small amount of VenaSeal™ – a medical adhesive – into the vein through a narrow catheter. Once VenaSeal™ closes the vein, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg.

    “The procedure takes approximately one hour from the time the patient arrives at the Vein Center,” Dr. Kumar said. “Immediately following VenaSeal ablation therapy, the patient is ready to resume normal activities.”

    Depending on the extent of the CVI, the patient may need to undergo VenaSeal ablation therapy a number of times.

    “The good news is that VenaSeal ablation therapy works,” said Dr. Kumar, “and the patient is comfortable during and following the procedure.”

    For more information about VenaSeal ablation therapy, talk to your healthcare provider or contact the Vein Center at YRMC at (928) 759-5890. The Vein Center at YRMC is located in the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Building at 3262 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley.

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  • YRMC Celebrates 75 Years on March 1, 2018

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 26, 2018

    On March 1, 1943, Prescott Community Hospital – now Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) – opened its doors to care for patients. By 9:00 p.m. on that date, Florence Yount, MD, had delivered the first baby born at the new hospital.

    “This marked the official launch of a 75-year relationship between YRMC and the community,” said John Amos, President and CEO of YRMC. “From the beginning, the people of this community understood the importance of creating a healthcare delivery system to meet their unique needs. They believed firmly that lots of good would result from neighbors caring for neighbors.”

    A History of Community Support

    That belief was clear as many community members pitched in to ensure Prescott Community Hospital – converted from Jefferson Elementary School on Marina Street – was equipped and ready to care for patients.

    Longtime Prescott resident and community leader Elisabeth Ruffner was involved in efforts to establish the hospital as a nonprofit provider, available to all people in the community.

    Ruffner recalls that Jefferson Elementary School was purchased for $1,000. A group of community members, including Ruffner, wrote the cornerstone document – Prescott Community Hospital Association Inc., a Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Arizona – that designated the hospital as a community-based, not-for-profit provider.

    These same people and many others in the community were involved in ensuring the hospital was equipped and ready to provide care.

    “We furnished the school cafeteria as an operating room,” Ruffner said. “Dr. Yount traveled the region looking for beds, stoves, tables – any kind of hospital equipment she could buy. Physicians’ wives went door-to-door for donations. All of the businesses stepped up so we could open a hospital in that abandoned school building.”

    A Milestone Vote

    Fast forward several decades and the community was again at a crossroads that concerned healthcare.

    In 1960, the community voted to establish the Central Yavapai Hospital District. This was followed in 1962 by a vote to build a new hospital that would replace Prescott Community Hospital.

    Ruffner remembers the excitement surrounding the vote and the community conversations about it.

    “I believe it was the first time, at least in Arizona, of a non-profit local association taking over a government hospital,” said Ruffner. “We provided a clinic for the county and then with a Hill-Burton Grant from the federal government, we built the wing to the south, which is now Yavapai Regional Medical Center.”

    An article in the Prescott Evening Courier characterized the vote as part of a larger effort that would allow the community to “…attract new industry and other economic assets, including a college and tourists, so that local residents will benefit from more job opportunities and a higher standard of living …”

    In 1964, the hospital relocated to its current location on Willow Creek Road and changed its name to Yavapai Community Hospital. The hospital underwent another name change in 1984, becoming Yavapai Regional Medical Center. This change reflected the scope of its advanced medical services and growing service area.

    YRMC Heads East to Prescott Valley

    The rapid growth of Prescott Valley helped spur another important milestone for the community: the opening of YRMC East in 2006.

    “People were waiting for YRMC to open. They wanted it here. They needed the medical services,” said Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, who had long advocated for the hospital. “We had the opening of the hospital and here I thought it would just be a hospital, but we have all these other services, like the BreastCare Center and Imaging Services. Today we have 45,000 people and this is just a phenomenal part of our growth.”

    YRMC’s Journey: Moving Forward, Maintaining Original Values

    For Robbie Nicol, MBA, CFRE, Executive Director of Community Outreach and Philanthropy at YRMC, the organization’s journey illustrates the community’s commitment to locally operated healthcare as well as its support for advanced facilities and services.

    “This is part of the DNA of our community,” she said. “I think about how the community coalesced to equip the cafeteria turned operating room at the first hospital on Marina Street. Then I think about the support YRMC received for its hybrid surgical suite at YRMC West. Both were possible because the people we serve believe in community-based healthcare and support state-of-the-art services.”

    In 2018, YRMC accomplishes this through a vast network of healthcare services throughout the community. In addition to YRMC West and YRMC East, the community has access to excellent healthcare through a total of 24 primary and specialty YRMC PhysicianCare Clinics in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Bagdad.

    “YRMC also cares for people with chronic and specialized needs,” Nicol said. “The BreastCare Center at YRMC and the James Family Heart Center at YRMC are examples of lifesaving, specialty services.”

    Help Tell the Story of Healthcare in Our Community

    YRMC’s 75th anniversary celebration theme “Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow” highlights the meaning of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare. YRMC is giving people the opportunity to join this conversation by sharing anecdotes from their lives that involve the hospital.

    Video interviews, stories and images are being gathered for the YRMC Memory Catcher project. Visit YRMC HealthConnect (yrmchealthconnect.org/memory-catcher) to explore YRMC’s history as told by the community. The Memory Catcher project features familiar people, including for example:

    • Jean Phillips, Community Volunteer
    • Elisabeth Ruffner, Community Volunteer
    • The Olsen and Sischka Family, Business and Community Leaders
    • Harvey Skoog, Mayor of Prescott Valley
    • JC Trujillo, General Manager of Prescott Frontier Days and Bareback World Championship Rider

    “Memory Catcher visitors also will meet folks who have grown up in the community or are new to the area. They have wonderful, interesting and amusing stories to share,” said Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at YRMC. “All of these anecdotes create a tapestry that tell the story of YRMC and its 75-year relationship with the community. We’re encouraging people throughout our community to share their stories.”

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  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program Merits American Diabetes Association Recognition

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 26, 2018

    The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Pendleton Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center.  The ADA believes that YRMC’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment and management.

    The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

    Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable healthcare professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives our highly-trained professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” comments Andrea Klein, Director of Preventive Medicine, Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation at YRMC.  “It also assures our patients that they will receive high-quality service when they participate in our diabetes management programs.”

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015. 

    The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

    For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call the ADA office at 1.900. DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp .

    To learn more about the diabetes education programs at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, please call the Pendleton Center at YRMC at (928) 771-5794.

  • Jay Goswick, D.O., Named YRMC Physician of the Year for 2017

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 29, 2018

    A great communicator … kind, courteous and committed to patient safety … a terrific patient advocate. These are phrases Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) employees and Medical Staff use to describe Jay Goswick, D.O., an accomplished Anesthesiologist and YRMC’s 2017 Physician of the Year.

    “I am honored to be included with the distinguished prior recipients of this award. Receiving recognition by one’s coworkers for being a small part of the Total Healing Environment at YRMC is very humbling,” states Dr. Goswick. “The efforts of so many make the work we do possible. I want to thank all of them for their continued service to our community.”

     YRMC’s Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year is selected annually by YRMC employees and Medical Staff and presented to a Physician who:

    • Provides excellent patient care.
    • Is sensitive to the needs and desires of patients.
    • Emulates positive relationships with employees and volunteers.
    • Is a team player and shows respect to everyone with whom he or she comes into contact.
    • Takes pride in YRMC and the community.

    “We had an overwhelming number of excellent nominees for our 2017 Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year, which tells you a lot about the quality of our medical staff,” states John Amos, President and CEO, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Goswick is very deserving of this honor. The kindness and respect he demonstrates to everyone he comes into contact with is an inspiration to all of us. He takes extraordinary pride in the quality of his work and is a valued ambassador for our five values of Respect, Integrity, Quality, Commitment and Accountability. We are proud to honor such an exceptional person and physician.”

     Dr. Goswick joined YRMC’s Medical Staff in 2006. He completed his medical degree at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed his Anesthesia Residency training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

    Dr. Goswick serves on the YRMC Surgical Care Review Committee and is the coordinator for medical student rotations through the Anesthesia Department. Dr. Goswick is also an integral member of the surgical team at the James Family Heart Center, having provided anesthesia care for open heart patients since the inception of the program in 2007.