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  • YRMC’s James Family Heart Center Team Performs Rare Heart Procedure

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jul 11, 2019

    The James Family Heart Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has reached another milestone. The Heart Center recently performed its first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)—an emerging and highly complex procedure.

    “Very few heart centers in Arizona, the region or even nationwide have the advanced technology, medical expertise or state-of-the-art facilities necessary to perform TMVR,” said Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist and Director, YRMC’s Structural Heart Program. “We are fortunate that YRMC’s Heart Center has all three components and we were prepared to offer this procedure to our patients.”

    The TMVR was performed in YRMC’s Hybrid Operating Room, recognized as among the best in the nation. The following Heart Center experts – along with staff from the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Cardiovascular Surgery – collaborated before, during and after the procedure:

    • Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI
    • Jose E. Torres, MD, FACS
    • George Gellert, MD
    • Saina Attaran, MD, MRCS, FRCS
    • Daniel Beck, MD
    • Gwen Rhodes, RN

    TMVR is necessary when the mitral valve – located between the left heart chambers (left atrium and left ventricle) – cannot be replaced and the patient is considered too high-risk for re-do surgery. TMVR candidates may suffer from dysfunction of an existing biological mitral valve, either mitral valve regurgitation or mitral stenosis, and a host of complicating conditions.

    During TMVR, the mitral valve is removed and replaced with a mechanical valve or a biological tissue valve from a pig, cow or human heart tissue (organ donor).

    “These are people with severely compromised health,” Dr. Moualla said. “They may have already undergone numerous surgeries and procedures. The common denominator is their need for the team approach and evaluation, and the technology available at the James Family Heart Center at YRMC.”

    Stay up-to-date on news from the James Family Heart Center at YRMC, by subscribing to YRMC HealthConnect. For more information about the James Family Heart Center, visit www.yrmc.org.

  • YRMC Construction and Parking Alert!

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 16, 2019

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will soon begin an exciting and significant expansion project on its West Campus in Prescott.

    “This multi-year project will evolve YRMC West into a state-of-the-art medical and wellness campus,” said Frank Almendarez, MHSA, Chief Administrative Officer at YRMC. “The campus will include a new health center to support our focus on prevention and wellness.”

    Construction Begins – Parking is Limited

    Phase one of this project has already started with the expansion of the Energy Center at YRMC West. An essential aspect of the infrastructure needed to support the entire campus, the Energy Center reduced the number of parking spaces available and limited access to YRMC West parking lots.

    There will be additional challenges as other phases of this project roll out. The next phase – construction of a multi-level parking structure – is scheduled to begin soon.

    “The parking structure will ultimately add several hundred new parking spaces to the YRMC West campus,” Almendarez said.

    Plan Your Visit to YRMC

    If you have a procedure or another appointment scheduled at the hospital, YRMC encourages you to allow extra time for parking. You also may want to look for YRMC volunteers driving carts in the parking lot to shuttle you to the hospital entrance.

    “I have suggested to friends that the person with the medical appointment be driven to the hospital entrance,” said Almendarez. “We also will have plenty of volunteers available to shuttle people from the parking lot to the hospital.”

    Keep Up-to-Date

    We are committed to keeping you up-to-date on our construction projects. New information will be provided to local media outlets when available. Updates also will be posted on YRMC HealthConnect and YRMC social media communities—Facebook and Twitter. We encourage you to subscribe to YRMC HealthConnect (www.yrmchealthconnect.org) and follow us on social media to stay connected with developments.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during our expansion. We are confident the long-term benefits of the expansion will outweigh the temporary inconveniences. We will keep you informed of other steps to improve access to YRMC West during the expansion.

  • YRMC Foundation Raises over $50,000 for Adolescent Behavioral Health

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 09, 2019

    Prescott’s Holiday Courtyard was transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras street scene for the 7th Annual Crawfest. The event, hosted and underwritten by Dr. Peter Tibi, was a celebration of friendship and community with a purpose.  All proceeds from the event, totaling more than $52,000, benefited Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Partners for Healthy Students (PHS) program.  

    “This marks the third year our event has raised funds for the Healthy Students program, said Tibi. “This year we are particularly grateful for the outpouring of community support, as 100% of funds raised will be used to expand the program to include the provision of behavioral health services.”

    2019 Crawfest event sponsors included Air Methods/Native Air; APS; Boyle, Pecharich, Cline, Whittington & Stallings, PLLC; Ms. Robbie Nicol; Northern Arizona Hospitalists; Prescott Anesthesia Associates; the Prescott Elks Lodge; Mr. Bill Sonsin; Voya Financial; Wells Fargo; Wells Fargo Securities and Yavapai Pathology Associates.

    “The need for behavioral health services is compelling,” stated PHS Director Amy Negovan. “One in five children has or will experience a diagnosable behavioral, emotional, or mental health disorder. And we know if left untreated these disorders can disrupt school performance, harm relationships and lead to suicide – the second leading cause of death among adolescents.”

    For the past 20 years, YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students program has provided primary and preventive healthcare services to schoolchildren and their siblings throughout YRMC’s service area at no cost to families with little or no insurance or ability to pay. YRMC will begin to introduce the program at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

    To learn more about YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students program, contact the YRMC Foundation at (928) 771–5169 or foundation@yrmc.org.

  • Fork in the Road Breast Cancer Fundraiser for YRMC Reaches New Heights

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 08, 2019

    Thanks to widespread community support, the Fork in the Road Restaurants’ annual “Boot Out Cancer” fundraising program to benefit YRMC’s BreastCare Center raised a grand total of $30,670.00. This remarkable achievement marks an 18-year partnership to help the underserved in our community receive breast wellness services.

    Throughout the month of October, area Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants, together with Gurley Street Grill, Murphy’s, and The Office, invited their patrons to lend their support to the battle against breast cancer. The hundreds who did signed their name to pink “Boot Out Cancer” boots that adorned the walls in these restaurants throughout our community.

    “We are so grateful for the partnership we have enjoyed with the Fork in the Road organization these past 18 years. We are equally grateful for our community’s outpouring of support for our BreastCare Center,” said Dave Barrett, Chair of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation. “Community members value the fact that 100% of their donations stay in our community to help battle this disease and recognize we are fortunate to have such a high quality program.”

    Funds donated to YRMC’s BreastCare Center are used to provide screening mammograms for those who do not have the ability to pay, to help ensure the Center has the latest medical technology, and pay for professional education and training and community outreach.

    To learn more about YRMC BreastCare Center programs and services, visit www.YRMC.org or contact the YRMC Foundation at (928) 771–5686.

  • Robyn Chase, D.O., Named YRMC Physician of the Year

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Dec 19, 2018

    There were many compelling accolades provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) employees and Medical Staff to describe Dr. Robyn Chase, an accomplished Hospitalist and the YRMC Physician of the Year for 2018. One comment however characterizes the dedication and compassion of this talented physician: Dr. Chase uses her vast knowledge to treat all patients like they are members of her family. 

    “I am filled with gratitude that our hospital community has honored me with this recognition,” states Dr. Chase. “I would like to thank our nursing staff, subspecialists and my internal medicine colleagues for helping me reach my full personal and professional potential. Most importantly, I thank my patients who trust me to help them reach an improved state of well-being."

    YRMC’s Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year is awarded annually to a physician who:

    • Provides excellent patient care.
    • Understands and incorporates YRMC’s Vision of a Total Healing Environment in his or her daily interactions with patients, employees and volunteers.
    • Embraces the Medical Center’s Values of Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Quality and Accountability.
    • Is a team player, nurtures positive relationships and shows respect for everyone with whom he or she comes into contact.
    • Takes pride in the Medical Center and the community.
    “Selecting our Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year is a time honored tradition at YRMC,” states John Amos, President and CEO, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “Dr. Chase exemplifies the qualities we value in our Medical Staff and is very deserving of this honor. Her patient-first approach to care and her deep commitment to teaching and learning are great assets to YRMC and our community. I have tremendous respect for Dr. Chase and for all of the exceptional physicians who were nominated.”

    Dr. Chase joined YRMC’s Medical Staff in 2010 and is a graduate of Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and completed internship and residency training at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Chase also participated in a research internship on vestibular function in Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix.

    Dr. Chase and her husband are proud to support the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Prescott.

  • Dr. Jaume Earns Important Professional Certification

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5396 | Dec 17, 2018
    Francisco Jaume, DO, CWSP, is among a small number of physicians nationwide to earn the professional designation of Certified Wound Specialist Physician® (CWSP®) from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). An accomplished Wound Care Specialist, Dr. Jaume is the Medical Director of Advanced Wound Care at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

    “Dr. Jaume’s latest achievement reinforces what we knew: that YRMC is fortunate to have such an outstanding, dedicated and caring Wound Care Specialist on our team,” said Anthony V. Torres, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at YRMC. “Dr. Jaume is truly an asset to our entire community.”

    According to the ABWM, successful completion of the CWSP exam is “formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management.”

    The ABWM was established in 1995. The organization promotes the science of prevention care as well as the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. The ABWM monitors a national certification process and other activities dedicated to elevating the standard of care in the field of wound management.

    At YRMC’s Advanced Wound Care, people with wounds that won’t heal experience a superior level of care from Dr. Jaume and the skilled team he leads. Dr. Jaume develops individualized patient care plans that combine the latest in advanced wound care, a holistic approach to healthcare and preventive strategies for long term healing.​

    To schedule an appointment, contact:

    Advanced Wound Care at YRMC
    YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center
    3262 Windsong Drive
    Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
    (928) 771-4788

  • 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

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

  • 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:


    Thursday, October 25, 2018


    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:




  • 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: