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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.”

    Find YRMC online at yrmc.org and yrmchealthconnect.org. Follow YRMC on social media at:





  • 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. 

  • Share Your Story on YRMC’s Memory Catcher Project

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 11, 2018
    Do you have a memory or experience that in some way involves Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC)? The recent birth of a child … a caring nurse or other healthcare provider you remember from YRMC … an experience that included YRMC that was meaningful to you? YRMC is collecting these memories for its 75th anniversary celebration through the recently launched Memory Catcher Project at YRMC HealthConnect (yrmchealthconnect.org/memory-catcher).

    “I can’t think of a better way for a community-based healthcare provider to celebrate a 75th anniversary,” said John Amos, YRMC’s President and CEO. “YRMC was established by people who wanted local healthcare. YRMC’s Memory Catcher Project celebrates the unique relationship between YRMC and the community.”

    YRMC’s Memory Catcher Project connects people from throughout our community to share memories that involve YRMC and western Yavapai County.

    Here’s how YRMC’s Memory Catcher Project works:

    • Visit YRMC’s Memory Catcher Project (yrmchealthconnect.org/memory-catcher).
    • Complete the fields – name, email and phone number – so a member of YRMC’s Community Outreach team can contact you after you’ve submitted a memory.
    • Provide the highlights of your memory in 200 words or less in the field marked “Share Your Memory.” (Perfect writing isn’t required.)
    • Add any photos you would like to submit with your memory.
    • Click “Submit Memory” when all of the fields are complete.
    • Look for an autoreply in your email box that confirms YRMC received your memory.

    If your memory is selected from the up to 75 being gathering for 2018, a member of YRMC’s Community Outreach team will contact you to learn more and to create a Memory Catcher story for YRMC HealthConnect. You’ll have the opportunity to provide photos that will be scanned and returned to you. And, if you’re interested, YRMC may even schedule a short video to record your memory for YRMC HealthConnect.

    Want to read a Memory Catcher story? Visit yrmchealthconnect.org/memory-catcher to read about:

    • A Prescott writer born in 1943 at YRMC – then called Prescott Community Hospital – who discovered the receipt from his delivery at the hospital in the attic of his mother’s home.
    • How a hospitalization in 1974 triggered a childhood memory of growing up during the era of polio for a Prescott resident.

    “We hope lots of people will share their stories and help celebrate the 75th anniversary of their community’s healthcare provider,” said Amos.

  • Circulatory Problems and Non-Healing Wounds?

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Dec 01, 2017
    Help is Here Thanks to YRMC’s New Vein Center

    People who suffer from circulatory problems in their legs know the condition is painful, debilitating and complicated.

    “Circulatory problems are very dangerous and limit how people live and enjoy their lives,” said Anil Kumar, MD, FACCP, RPVI, Medical Director of Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Vein Center.

    What causes these circulatory problems? A condition called chronic venous insufficiency is linked to circulatory problems in the legs. “Chronic venous insufficiency is a problem for millions of Americans and is the number one reason why people have hard-to-heal wounds on their lower extremities,” states Dr. Kumar. “YRMC’s new Vein Center is dedicated to addressing vein health and the complicated health problems associated with these vein-related circulatory problems.”

    Dr. Kumar is uniquely qualified to lead YRMC’s Vein Center. He is Board Certified in Vascular Medicine and in therapies to improve circulation in the veins. He is also a Diplomate for the Society of Vascular Medicine and a member of the American College of Phlebology, the professional society for physicians who treat vein disorders.

    Dr. Kumar and YRMC’s Vein Center staff partner with experts from YRMC’s Wound Care program to help people with hard-to-heal leg ulcers and wounds – a result of poor circulation. If the patient needs it, an Infectious Disease physician is available for consultation and treatment. The Vein Center also works with YRMC’s Diabetes Education program – recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education – to help patients better manage diabetes, another reason for poor circulation in the veins.

    YRMC’s new Vein Center is located at:

    YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center
    3262 North Windsong Drive
    Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
    (928) 759-5890

    “YRMC’s Mission is to offer advanced medical care that meets the needs of the communities we serve,” said Anthony V. Torres, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at YRMC. “We know many of our residents suffer from chronic, painful and dangerous venous circulation problems in their legs. The Vein Center provides a family of solutions to address these circulatory issues. We’re here to help people throughout our region who are living with this complicated malady.”

    Treatment at YRMC’s Vein Center begins with a comprehensive clinical assessment followed by a dedicated ultrasound study to identify venous reflux issues and to rule-out deep vein blood clots.  

    Depending on the results of the ultrasound, Dr. Kumar may recommend conservative treatments that include:

    • Wearing compression stockings
    • Elevating feet at prescribed levels
    • Avoiding “dangling legs” in what are called dependent positions
    • Calf muscle exercises

    If there is no improvement in the circulation following these conservative therapies, Dr. Kumar may prescribe additional minimally-invasive office-based treatments that include venous ablation, sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy.

     “Together, YRMC’s Vein Center and Advanced Wound Care teams provide the synergy needed to help people with circulatory issues and non-healing wounds,” Dr. Torres said. “Our approach is designed to help patients with non-healing wounds avoid debilitating amputation.”

    For more information, talk to your primary care physician or contact the Vein Center at (928) 759-5890.

  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center Named 2017 Most Wired

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Aug 17, 2017

    Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health

    Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

    According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

    • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
    • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
    • 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
    • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
    • Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
    • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
    • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

    “Being recognized as a Most Wired Hospital by the American Hospital Association is a special honor for Yavapai Regional Medical Center,” states YRMC Chief Information Officer Tim Roberts.  “Our employees and business partners deserve this recognition for the outstanding job they do every day to develop, deploy and utilize the latest technology to support patient care at YRMC.”

    Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics.  They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.

    • 82 percent analyze retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
    • Three-quarters use sophisticated analytics such as predictive modeling and data to improve decision-making.
    • Nearly 70 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
    • More than 70 percent are providing data analytic tools training to physicians and nurses.
    • 45 percent initiate a patient pathway using health IT to follow a care plan.
    • Nearly 40 percent deliver quality metrics to physicians at the point-of-care.
    • 32 percent have tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    “The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

    HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. 

    Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com

    About the Most Wired Survey

    The 2017 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association and Clearwater Compliance, LLC.

    About the American Hospital Association
    The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

    About Health Forum

    Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com.

    About Clearwater Compliance, LLC | 

    Clearwater Compliance, LLC is a leading provider of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management solutions. Its mission is to empower hospitals and health systems to successfully manage healthcare’s evolving cybersecurity risks and ensure patient safety. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, Clearwater solutions have been deployed within hundreds of hospitals and health systems, Fortune 100 organizations and federal government institutions. More information about Clearwater Compliance is at www.Clearwatercompliance.com.

  • YRMC Family Resource Center Presents a Free Car Seat Distribution Program

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Aug 14, 2017

    The Family Resource Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center has continued its partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to offer a car seat distribution program to families in Yavapai County.

    YRMC’s Family Resource Center has provided services via the Healthy Families program for over 25 years, offering parents and children free home visits from highly trained support specialists. The program includes information on healthy pregnancy and bonding with one’s baby, along with learning ways to promote language, motor, and social/emotional development, linkage to community resources, and supporting the family through many of life’s stressors.  Thanks to the Governor’s Office grant, YRMC’s Family Resource Center team has been able to offer free safety seats and supporting education to help keep children safe inside their family’s vehicles too. 

    Recipients do not need to be YRMC patients or currently enrolled in Family Resource Center services.  Families need a vehicle with working seat belts (if your vehicle’s seat belts do not lock, you may qualify to have your seat belts repaired free of charge at your local dealership –call your dealership for more details).  Families are assisted with installation by the certified technician, who reviews the installation with them, assuring that the seat will be properly re-installed should it be moved from the vehicle or require re-installation.  The education and installations are conducted by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians, are customized to your vehicle, seat, and child, and are available in English and Spanish. Children often can be injured in automotive accidents by seemingly minor details such as straps not being the right tension or coats in the car seat impairing the seat’s ability to protect the child.  

    On Saturday, September 16 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, YRMC’s Family Resource Center will host a larger car seat event in the parking lot of the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Building (3262 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley), with additional seats and technicians on hand to provide the car seats, installations, and educational services to families in our community.  These will include infant, convertible, and booster car seats. Seats will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until supplies run out.  Please bring the vehicle(s), child (or children), and caregiver(s) who will be using the seat(s) the most in order to help assure the best seat and installation custom to your child and vehicle.  If multiple parents/grandparents/caregivers will be involved with transporting children in the car seat, they are all encouraged to attend this event so they can learn firsthand about the seat and the safety considerations.  Please plan on the actual installation and safety education component to take approximately 20-25 minutes on average per car seat.

    Keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle is one of the most important jobs that parents have. YRMC’s Family Resource Center and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety continue to work to make it easier for many of our families in the Quad City area.  For more information, please call Lina First at the YRMC Family Resource Center at (928) 442-8861.

  • YRMC Launches Lung Cancer Screening and Care

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jul 13, 2017

    Lung cancer can be cured if it’s discovered early

    Current or past smokers who are worried about their risk for lung cancer now have lung cancer screening available at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

    Lung Cancer Screening and Care – launched recently by YRMC – includes lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). These screenings produce detailed images of the lungs and may reveal extremely small nodules, an indication of lung cancer in its early stages.

    “LDCT is for people before they begin to experience symptoms,” said Mary Sterling, Director of Imaging Services at YRMC. “Many lung cancers could be cured if they were discovered at this early stage.”

    Sterling recommends speaking to your healthcare provider about LDCT if you have concerns about your smoking history and if you are:

    • 55 to 77 years old
    • A current smoker
    • A former smoker who quit in the last 15 years
    • Someone who has a smoking history of at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years

    People whose first screening is clear will undergo another LDCT in 12 months. If an LDCT detects potential cancerous nodules, YRMC’s Lung Cancer Screening and Care provides comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and recovery services. The expert team – radiologists, pulmonologists, a procedural pulmonologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon – collaborate to ensure the best care plan for each person.

    Lung Cancer Screening and Care at YRMC also includes a clinical navigator who is available to assist and support patients.

    To find out if LDCT is right for you, speak to your physician. For information on Lung Cancer Screening and Care at YRMC call the clinical navigator at (928) 771-5454 or visit YRMC online at bit.ly/yrmc-lungcare.

    LDCT is available at:

    YRMC East
    Imaging Services
    7700 East Florentine Rd
    Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

    Prescott Medical Imaging
    810 Whipple Street
    Prescott, AZ 86301

    Prescott Valley Medical Imaging
    7700 East Florentine Rd
    Building B, Suite 105
    Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

  • It’s Here: State-of-the-Art PET-CT

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jul 05, 2017

    Imaging technology that both measures how quickly a tumor is growing and pinpoints its exact location is now available to residents of Yavapai County at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) East in Prescott Valley.

    "This is the most advanced imaging technology of its kind available,” said Mary Sterling, YRMC’s Director of Imaging Services.

    The “Time-of-Flight” (TOF) technology, as it’s called, combines Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET-CT) in a single imaging unit. The job of the PET scan is to detect molecular activity within the body for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. The CT scan precisely locates the cancer.

    A remodeled area adjacent to Imaging Services on the first floor of YRMC East in Prescott Valley is home to the new PET/CT unit. It includes a room with comfortable chairs and blankets, where patients can relax before their examinations.

    “PET is a nuclear medicine procedure,” said Sterling. “This means patients receive a small amount of radiation called a radioisotope before exams. They need a comfortable place to relax for an hour before the procedure. This helps us to get the best scan possible.”

    During its first year at YRMC East, the PET-CT technology will be used to:
    • Diagnose and stage all types of cancers.
    • Monitor treatment progress in patients who have undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

    To learn more about YRMC’s comprehensive imaging program, visit us online at:

  • The BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center Asks: Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jun 12, 2017

    Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. – host of the World’s Oldest Rodeo® – and Wrangler’s® Tough Enough to Wear Pinkä initiative recently presented The BreastCare Center at YRMC with a $2,500 donation.

    “We’re thankful for this generous gift,” said John Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer, YRMC. “Thanks in part to the widespread community support we are making progress in the battle against breast cancer. The most recent studies by the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute indicate a significant decrease in the breast cancer mortality rate in Yavapai County.”

    Tough Enough to Wear Pink was founded in 2004 to support rodeos – like Prescott’s World’s Oldest Rodeo – as they raise funds for community organizations dedicated to preventing, detecting and treating breast cancer, such as The BreastCare Center at YRMC.

    As part of their fundraising efforts in 2016 Prescott Frontier Days sponsored a booth where rodeo attendees purchased Tough Enough to Wear Pink t-shirts, bracelets, bags, hats and other items.

    Additionally, on June 3, 2017 Prescott Frontier Days sponsored a dinner and a silent auction at the Freeman Building on the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds from the event – combined with sales from the Tough Enough to Wear Pink booth – will be used to help refurbish patient waiting and treatment areas at The BreastCare Center at YRMC.

    “Our community is fortunate to have The BreastCare Center at YRMC,” said Mary Ann Suttles, Prescott Frontier Days Board of Directors. “Prescott Frontier Days and Wrangler are pleased to support the outstanding care delivered at the Center. For more information about Prescott Frontier Days and this year’s Wrangler/Tough Enough to Wear Pink June 29 program, contact the Prescott Frontier Days office at (928) 445-3103.

  • YRMC Schedules Annual Meeting for Thursday, April 27, 2017

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 29, 2017

    The Yavapai Community Hospital Association, which does business and operates as Yavapai Regional Medical Center, will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, April 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Spruce Room on the Campus of YRMC West in Prescott. The public is invited to attend.

    The purpose of YRMC’s annual meeting is to summarize the hospital’s achievements during the previous calendar year.

    • Greg Lazzell will present the Council of Electors’ Report and will Introduce New and Reappointed Trustees.
    • Paula Kneisl will present the Chairman of the Board of Trustees’ Report.
    • Larry Owens, MD, Chief of Staff, will present the President of the Medical Staff’s Report.
    • Nancy Thomes will present the Director of Volunteers’ Report.
    • John Amos will present the President and Chief Executive Officer’s Report.
    • In addition, two Yavapai Community Hospital Association members will be elected to one-year terms on the Council of Electors.

    Copies of YRMC’s 2016 Annual Report will be presented to members of the Board of Trustees and made available to members of the public.

    For more information on Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s annual meeting, contact the Administration Office at (928) 771-5676.

  • Bioresorbable Heart Stent Opens Patients’ Arteries and Options

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Dec 19, 2016

    Making something disappear may seem like magic, but heart specialists at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) know the dissolving heart stent is all about science.

    Introduced by medical device developer Abbott, Absorb is the only fully dissolving – or bioresorbable – stent approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of coronary artery disease. While most heart stents are metal, this first-of-its-kind stent is made of a naturally dissolving material.

    “Yavapai Regional Medical Center is proud to be among the first hospitals in Arizona to make this revolutionary device available to our heart patients,” said John Amos, YRMC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is another example of innovation and leadership by the exceptional team at The James Family Heart Center at YRMC.”

    Stents – small mesh tubes – are used to open blocked arteries in the heart. These stents help restore blood flow and reduce the chance of a heart attack. YRMC cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists place stents into clogged arteries using balloon catheters. The heart specialist inflates the balloon, which expands the stent. Once it’s locked in place, a stent allows blood to flow through previously clogged arteries.

    “People are familiar with dissolving sutures,” said Anthony V. Torres, MD, YRMC’s Chief Medical Officer. “The bioresorbable stent uses the same principle but at a more sophisticated level. The bioresorbable stent is a temporary scaffold that opens clogged arteries in the heart and resorbs over time.”

    Previously, only permanently placed metal stents were available. The bioresorbable stent is made to disappear completely in approximately three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment.

    Heart specialists will continue using permanent metal stents to open obstructed arteries. However, for people with certain kinds of heart disease, and whose bodies metabolize cholesterol differently, the bioresorbable stent provides another option. This is welcome news for many Arizonans as the American Heart Association ranks heart disease as the second leading cause of death in the state.

    Want to find out if you’re eligible for the bioresorbable stent? Ask your primary care physician or cardiologist. If you don’t have a physician, contact the YRMC Physician Referral Service at (928) 771-5106, visit us online (www.yrmc.org/find-a-doctor) or contact the outstanding cardiologists at YRMC PhysicianCare Cardiology (www.yrmcpc.org) in one of our two Prescott locations – (928) 445-6025 or (928) 778-0309 – or our Prescott Valley location at (928) 442-8117.

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