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  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center Reaches Agreement in Principle with U.S. Department of Justice

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Oct 05, 2016
    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) recently finalized an agreement in principle to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding allegations that YRMC failed to repay the federal government for alleged overpayments that were caused by an error in its Medicare Cost Reports.  The cost reports at issue were for fiscal years 2006 through 2009 during the tenure of YRMC’s former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. 

    Hospital spokeswoman, Robbie Nicol, said, “As soon as we knew of this allegation on July 20, 2016, we immediately took action and, working collaboratively with the federal government, we were able to quickly reach an agreement in principle to resolve the issue.  Neither YRMC nor any of its current or former employees admitted any wrongdoing, nor has the government asked us to do so.”

    Nicol continued by saying, “It’s very important to emphasize that the allegations were not related to the quality or type of care provided to patients.”

    Nicol also said, “It is equally essential to emphasize that the error did not affect any Medicare patient’s individual out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, co-pays, etc.  The error had already been corrected in 2010, which is long before the recent notification we received from the government.”

    YRMC has cooperated fully with the federal government’s investigation and the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a settlement of $5,850,000.  The settlement is a one-time cost.

    YRMC agreed to settle with the government to avoid the costly burden of a lawsuit. This settlement allows YRMC to devote its undivided attention to providing quality care to the residents of our entire community.

    Nicol said, “This matter is certainly no reflection at all on the outstanding patient care our YRMC staff provides nor is it a reflection on the hundreds of other staff members whose roles are to support patient care.  YRMC staff members are dedicated to their patients and their work.  They take great pride on the impact they have in the lives of people throughout our wonderful community.”

    Nicol added, “All of us in the YRMC Family are honored to work in healthcare and fulfill YRMC’s Mission.  We touch lives every single day.  It’s a privilege to work with all the people here and I’m proud of everyone’s dedication and professionalism.”


  • Wells Fargo Provides Generous Support for YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 02, 2016

    Robbie Nicol, Executive Director of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation, announced the Foundation’s receipt of a $15,000 donation from Wells Fargo. This donation will support Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Partners for Healthy Students program. In 2015, the program’s School-Based Kids Health Clinics and the Mobile Kids Health Clinic provided no-cost health services to uninsured and underinsured children through more than 1,300 visits.

    This program, now in its 17th year, is a great example of YRMC’s expanded view of health. “While health will always be associated with healthcare, at YRMC we believe it also extends to family, school, work and community life,” said Nicol. “Through our Partners for Healthy Students program we help children stay healthy and in the classroom where they are active and alert and striving to achieve academic excellence.” 

    “Strengthening the communities we serve for current and future generations is at the core of Wells Fargo’s Vision and Values,” said David Dinerman, Wells Fargo Business Relationship Manager. “Through strategic relationships with outstanding nonprofit organizations such as Yavapai Regional Medical Center and investments in worthy programs such as Partners for Healthy Students, we’re creating solutions that strengthen people, families, and communities.” 

    “We are extremely grateful to Wells Fargo for their continued support,” said Amy Negovan, CPNP, Program Director, Partners for Healthy Students. “We can’t eliminate illness, but we can and do foster health. Our program positively impacts children, their parents, their teachers, and their fellow students every day. We are honored to provide these important services for our community.”

    The YRMC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises charitable support for Yavapai Regional Medical Center programs, facilities, and healthcare services.

  • YRMC East Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 16, 2016

    Prescott Valley Campus Launched Medical Hub

    Turn back the calendar 10 years and you’ll see the Human Genome Project was publishing the final chromosome sequence in Nature…Daniel Powter’s song “Bad Day” was heading for platinum status…and people were slipping their feet into brightly colored clogs called Crocs.

    In May 2006, Western Yavapai County residents – especially those in the Prescott Valley area – were celebrating the opening of Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) East. The hospital welcomed its first patient on May 15, 2006 and has been growing ever since.

    “YRMC East has experienced both incredible growth and tremendous support since opening 10 years ago,” said John Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer of YRMC. “I was honored to serve as the first Administrator of YRMC East. From the beginning, the community showed steadfast loyalty to YRMC East.”

    According to Frank Almendarez, YRMC East Campus Administrator, that community support has allowed YRMC to identify programs and services that are important to the community. “If you compare a picture of the 2006 YRMC East Campus to one taken today, you can see the positive change and growth,” Almendarez said. “This is due to the vision of YRMC’s Board of Trustees and its leadership team, both who understand and respond to the healthcare needs of our communities.”

    YRMC East is now the heart of a thriving medical community. The following major programs and services have been launched since 2006:

    • The Family Birthing Center – Relocated to YRMC East in May 2010, the Family Birthing Center features 16 spacious, private birthing rooms. It’s also now licensed as a Level II Continuing Care Nursery by the Arizona Department of Health Services and certified by the Arizona Perinatal Trust to care for high-risk newborns and their moms.
    • The BreastCare Center at YRMC – Opened in October 2011, the BreastCare Center offers comprehensive and coordinated breast care services. Additionally, the Center includes Arizona’s first breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system designed specifically for breast imaging. Recently, the BreastCare Center introduced breast tomosynthesis, a new mammography technology that creates three-dimensional images.
    • Advanced Wound Care Center – This state-of-the-art Center relocated to the Del E Webb Outpatient Center in June 2012. YRMC’s Advanced Wound Care Center includes accomplished healthcare professionals who specialize in the complex aspects of wound care. The Center also is home to western Yavapai County’s only Hyperbaric Medicine Program, which features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers that help heal wounds.
    • YRMC Outpatient Service Center – Designed with patient convenience in mind, the Outpatient Service Center opened near YRMC’s East Campus in 2015. The Center brings together top primary care and medical specialists under one roof with easy access for patients. It also includes an Outpatient Clinical Laboratory as well as Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging Services and is home to Prescott Valley Medical Imaging.
    • The Infusion Center – This state-of-the-art YRMC facility opened in 2015 to serve residents undergoing antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy and other healing therapies. The Infusion Center includes 12 state-of-the-art infusion bays. In addition, the Center incorporates patient conveniences such as personal televisions and basic cable as well as connections for laptops and tablets.

    “YRMC’s East Campus has evolved into a medical destination,” Almendarez said. “We’re committed to continuing that trend over the next decade and beyond with new programs and services as well as jobs for the people of our communities.”

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  • Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 02, 2016

    YRMC’s Celebrate Life Health Expo ’16 Features Health-Focused Communities

    What’s more inviting than a friendly neighborhood? For Celebrate Life Health Expo ‘16 participants, the answer is six welcoming, activity-filled neighborhoods.

    “This year’s Expo features ‘neighborhoods’ for people of all ages as well as health, wellness and career interests,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, Community Outreach and Philanthropy, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “We’ll have health screenings, activities, career advisors and even opportunities to meet one-on-one with YRMC physician specialists.”

    The Expo – sponsored by YRMC – takes place:

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    8:30 am
    Health Expo Mall Walk
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Celebrate Life Health Expo
    Prescott Gateway Mall – 3250 Gateway Blvd., Prescott, AZ 86303

    • Get a jump on the day by joining the mile-long Health Expo Mall Walk around Gateway Mall. Join the warm-up for walkers, which will be led by Sgt. Steve Rosen of Kickstart Boot Camp for Women in Prescott. Those who complete the walk will receive a free fanny pack and a pedometer.

    Here’s a glimpse of some activities you’ll find in our Expo neighborhoods:

    Kids’ Neighborhood

    • Sign up for Computerized Cognitive Assessments for student athletes at-risk for concussion ($20 for a baseline screening). Sponsored by the YRMC Spine Center and Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.
    • Meet with a pediatrician from Ponderosa Pediatrics.
    • Tour YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students Mobile Health Clinic.
    • Experience the spot … A Child’s Museum.
    • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office – Child safety demonstrations.
    • Meet other medical professionals, such as family chiropractors and Kids dentists.
    • GoNoodle – A demonstration of desk-side fitness activities sponsored by YRMC.

    Heart Health Neighborhood

    • Meet one-on-one with a YRMC cardiologist, interventional radiologist and other specialists.
    • Lifeline Screening – Affordable, high-quality heart and other screenings. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.lifelinescreening.com, insert the Gateway Mall zip code (86303), complete the screening questions and follow the instructions on how to make an appointment for May 21.

    Spine Health Neighborhood

    • Meet with a YRMC physiatrist that specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
    • See what radiologists from Prescott Medical Imaging and Prescott Valley Medical Imaging learn from interventional x-rays.
    • Get a back massage from a professional therapist.

    Health & Wellness Neighborhood

    • Get healthy cooking tips and recipes from the host of YRMC’s online cooking show, Your Healthy Kitchen.
    • Learn how to select produce and prepare meals on a budget from Prescott Farmers’ Market.
    • Easy breathing demonstrations from YRMC’s Respiratory Therapy services.
    • Gather information on affordable health coverage.

    Careers & Jobs Neighborhood

    • Talk to human resource experts from a variety of fields.
    • Learn how you can re-career at any age.
    • Check out educational opportunities for a variety of career paths and occupations.

    Volunteers’ Neighborhood

    • Learn about volunteer opportunities at YRMC and organizations throughout our communities.
    • Meet pet therapy dogs from YRMC’s PAWS program.
    • See chic, fun and unique merchandise available at YRMC’s Gift Shops. All purchases are tax-free!

    “The mall stores and vendors are all in with YRMC’s Celebrate Life Health Expo,” said Nicol. “This will definitely be a full day of fun for families.”

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  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center Launches the Philips Ambient Experience MRI

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Apr 08, 2016

    The Imaging Services Department at Yavapai Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has added the Philips Ambient Experience MRI to its already impressive suite of services.

    Many patients who require an MRI are uncomfortable with the confined nature of traditional MRI procedures. Additionally, some patients are unable to stay still for long periods of time, making a traditional MRI difficult to use. The Philips MRI reduces scan time by 30% to 50%, reducing the amount of time the patient is actually in the MRI.

    As its name indicates, the Philips Ambient Experience MRI has an open design and soft lighting, bringing a more welcoming atmosphere to the procedure room. Patients can personalize their experience by choosing the lighting from a touchscreen monitor. They can also choose from a number of calming videos that are projected during the procedure.  Patients can even bring music from home to enhance their experience.

     “We’re putting the patient in control of their experience,” says Mary Sterling, Director of Imaging Services at YRMC, “and when you’re in control, you’re more relaxed. This new technology is a practical solution for patients who previously were not good candidates for MRI.”

    “Many patients report that they are calmer and more comfortable with our new Philips MRI,” says Sterling, “This aligns beautifully with our Vision of a Total Healing Environment at YRMC, where peace of mind and peace of heart are as important as physical cure and comfort.”

    Physicians are pleased that the digital scan technology of the Philips MRI offers superior quality images, helping to make diagnosis more accurate.

    If you would like to experience a short virtual tour of the Philips Ambient Experience MRI, visit the YRMC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiRegionalMedicalCenter and click on the Videos tab.


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  • YRMC Schedules Annual Meeting for Wednesday, April 27

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5676 | Apr 06, 2016

    The Yavapai Community Hospital Association, which does business and operates as Yavapai Regional Medical Center, will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Thumb Butte 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.

    • Linda Medina, RN, will present the Bylaws Committee Report and Approval of Proposed Bylaws Amendments. Anyone wishing to receive a complete copy of the existing bylaws and proposed amendments may do so through the YRMC Administration Office at (928) 771-5676.
    • Rowle Simmons will present the Council of Electors’ Report and Introduction of 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 2015 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.

  • YRMC’s Patient Blood Management Program: Get Ready to Go Global!

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 24, 2016

    Physicians across the U.S. and in Arizona recognize Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) as a pioneer in Patient Blood Management (PBM). After its May 12, 2016 PBM Symposium – Doctors and Patients: The Patient Blood Management Collaboration – many predict YRMC will also become a destination for patients seeking the careful, comprehensive medical expertise PBM requires.

    “PBM is fast becoming a cause in the medical community,” said Dale Black, Coordinator, Patient Blood Management Program at YRMC. “We’re proud to support the cause by launching a global conversation about PBM as part of our upcoming Symposium.”

    The public can join that conversation and learn more about PBM by:

    On Thursday, May 12, 2016 – when Doctors and Patients: The Patient Blood Management Collaboration takes place – the public can get involved by:

    • Catching a live stream on Periscope between 10 a.m. thru 8 p.m. (MST)
    Watching the 6-8 p.m. (MST) event via live stream portal (For instructions on how to live stream the PBM Symposium visit http://www.yrmc.org/services/patient-blood-management/doctors-and-patients-the-patient-blood-management-collaboration#how-to-watch

    ​“Our goal is to give people information to start a conversation about PBM with their respective physicians,” said Pierre R. Tibi, MD, FACS, Medical Director, YRMC’s James Family Heart Center. “At YRMC, the PBM concept is straightforward. We view blood as a precious resource and we also know that blood has risks that haven’t been adequately addressed in the past. We work with patients on strategies to preserve that resource and prevent unnecessary blood transfusions.”

    Dr. Tibi and other PBM Symposium panelists will discuss these strategies which – implemented before, during and after surgery – can help avoid anemia, prevent inappropriate blood transfusions and decrease bleeding. They also will focus on how medical professionals can communicate the benefits of PBM to patients as well as ways to ensure patients fully understand the risks associated with blood transfusions.

    “Research shows that PBM leads to better outcomes for patients as well as shorter hospitalizations and faster recoveries,” Dr. Tibi said.

    Expert speakers participating in YRMC’s PBM Symposium, and their topics, include:

    • Dale Black, Coordinator, Patient Blood Management, YRMC in Prescott, Arizona Patient Blood Management: It’s All About You!
    • Pierre R. Tibi, MD, FACS, The James Family Heart Center at YRMC in Prescott, Arizona The Patient Has Spoken
    • Alejandro Chapa, MD, Hospitalist, YRMC in Prescott, Arizona Hemorrhagic Emergencies in the 21st Century: New Drugs, New Problems and What it Means for You
    • Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey Patient Blood Management: Why, What and Now
    For more information about the PBM Symposium, visit YRMC’s website www.yrmc.org/services/patient-blood-management/doctors-and-patients-the-patient-blood-management-collaboration
  • Celebrate Life Health Expo ‘16: Family Fun, Fitness and More!

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 15, 2016

    The entire family – parents, children, grandparents – will find interactive activities, health screenings, learning opportunities and loads of fun at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Celebrate Life Health Expo:

    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    10 am - 2 pm
    Prescott Gateway Mall
    3250 Gateway Blvd., Prescott, AZ 86303

    “This year, we’re creating ‘neighborhoods’ so families with children, for example, will find services and information designed for their lifestyle in a single, activity-filled area,” said Roxanne Hull, YRMC’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

    In addition to the kids’ neighborhood, Expo visitors can anticipate neighborhoods dedicated to heart health, healthcare careers and volunteer opportunities, to name a few.

    “There will be tons of choices,” Hull said. “Every neighborhood will have awesome activities and useful information. The mall stores and vendors are also on board, which will definitely make Expo a full day of fun for families.”

    Watch for more information about Expo online (www.yrmc.org) and on social media:




  • DXA Scan: YRMC BreastCare Center Helps Prevent Broken Bones

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 03, 2016

    JoAnn spends every weekend she can hiking. She’s trekked the Grand Canyon five times and explored hiking trails throughout Arizona. That’s why she was surprised when a bone density scan revealed she had osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss and can lead to fractures.

    “I was running, hiking, walking and eating high-calcium foods and I still had bone loss,” she said.

    JoAnn is among 54 million Americans who have osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). To help Yavapai County residents, the BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has introduced dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This simple, painless exam measures bone density.

    “DXA provides information so a woman and her physician can take steps to prevent fractures,” said Mary Sterling, Director, Imaging Services at YRMC. “It’s similar to a mammogram in that the radiation dose is very minimal and the information is extremely important.”

    During a DXA exam at YRMC’s BreastCare Center, 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. The exam lasts approximately 10 minutes. The radiologist interprets the exam and then shares the results with the patient’s doctor.

    “We’re encouraging women to schedule their mammogram and DXA on the same day,” said Sterling. “It’s convenient and a good way to ensure you’re undergoing both of these important exams.”

    This also allows women to undergo DXA in the spa-like, comforting atmosphere of the YRMC BreastCare Center. Additionally, women are often cared for by the same radiologic technologist during both exams.

    While it’s most often associated with women, men also should be aware of the dangers of bone loss and osteoporosis. In fact, according to NOF, a man age 50 or older is more likely to suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

    What puts people at risk for osteoporosis? Uncontrollable risk factors include:

    • Being over age 50 and female
    • Menopause, particularly early-onset menopause
    • A family history of osteoporosis
    • Being small and thin
    • Broken bones or height loss

     Controllable risk factors for osteoporosis include:

    • Lack of calcium and vitamin D
    • Not eating enough fruits and vegetables and consuming too much protein, sodium and caffeine
    • Lack of exercise and activity
    • Tobacco use and drinking too much alcohol
    • Weight loss

     Want to schedule a DXA? Contact your physician to ask for a referral to the BreastCare Center at YRMC. For more information about DXA and other BreastCare Center at YRMC services, contact (928) 442-8900 or visit http://www.yrmc.org/services/breastcare-center

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  • Dr. Francisco Jaume: YRMC 2015 Physician of the Year

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 08, 2016

    Excellent teacherpositive leaderteam player. These are phrases Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) employees and medical staff members use to describe Francisco Jaume, DO, YRMC’s 2015 Physician of the Year.

    An accomplished orthopedic surgeon and Chairman of YRMC’s Department of Surgery, Dr. Jaume has cared for patients at YRMC since 2004. During that time, he has served as Director of YRMC’s Advanced Wound Care Center. Dr. Jaume is credited with leading the center to its current status as a state-of-the art facility that includes northern Arizona’s only hyperbaric chambers for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

    Even with an extremely busy schedule, Dr. Jaume is known for the time he devotes to YRMC patients and their families as well as hospital staff.

    “He’s always professional and empathic with patients and staff,” said Patricia Coates, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Surgical Services at YRMC. “I appreciate how he treats the surgery staff, communicating his needs and how we can best care for patients. He’s always available and ready to help the nursing team in any way.”

    Dr. Jaume is dedicated to YRMC’s values. He strives to put them into action as a physician and encourages others – YRMC physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers – to do so as well.

    “I believe working together with everyone involved in the patient’s care is key,” Dr. Jaume said. “Making myself available to the staff brings us together as a team. I also believe promoting a positive attitude is not only good for morale, but it translates to the patient’s attitude toward recovery.”

    Dr. Jaume’s career also includes an impressive record of military service. He served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, achieving the rank of sergeant. He also served for eight years in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps, where he achieved the rank of major.

    According to John Amos, YRMC President and CEO, Dr. Jaume’s focus on leading by example is inspiring to the YRMC family.

    “Dr. Jaume treats people with respect,” he said. “He embodies our organization’s values and lives them every day. YRMC, and our entire community, is fortunate that Dr. Jaume is here caring for patients.”

    YRMC’s Physician of the Year is presented annually to a doctor who:

    • provides excellent patient care;
    • builds positive relationships with employees and volunteers;
    • shows respect for everyone with whom he or she comes in contact;
    • demonstrates sensitivity to patients’ needs and desires; and
    • takes pride in the hospital as well as the community.
  • Eat Well … Be Well

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5396 | Feb 03, 2016

    Breakfast trays now arrive to Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) patients with something extra. Along with their morning meal, hospital patients receive a card that promotes the availability of home-delivered meals from Prescott Meals On Wheels following hospitalization.

    “Some people may need assistance with meals during their recovery so we want them to know that Prescott Meals On Wheels can be a tremendously valuable service to them,” said Jeanne Briggs, MA, RD, Director, Nutrition Services at YRMC.

    In addition to the meal tray cards, YRMC’s registered dietitians and Care Management team members ask patients how they will manage meal preparation once they leave the hospital. They also discuss Meals On Wheels as an option that ensures they have a balanced meal every day.

    “There’s a correlation between nutrition and health,” Briggs said. “Inability to consistently prepare healthy foods is one reason some individuals become malnourished, dehydrated and sometimes need additional hospitalization.”

    Prescott Meals On Wheels serves the city of Prescott. Other independent programs are located in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, Mayer and Yarnell. Meals On Wheels team members – who undergo background checks and training – provide wellness checks during meal deliveries to ensure clients are safe and well.

    According to Bert Ijams, Executive Director, Prescott Meals On Wheels, the service can be short term as someone recovers from surgery or continue if the individual is homebound.

    “Prescott Meals On Wheels provides three fundamental services; a nutritious, home-delivered meal, a wellness check, and precious moments of conversation,” said Ijams. “Combined, these three services contribute to the ability to live independently for as long as possible with a sense of safety and security.”

    Prescott Meals On Wheels may be reached at (928) 445-7630.

  • Coyote Springs Elementary School Goes All Out for Go Noodle

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 01, 2016
    On any given day, you can walk down the colorful, brightly lit halls of Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley, Arizona and hear students breathlessly shouting math facts amid cheering and clapping, or happily spelling this week’s vocabulary words aloud with an automated robot. How do the teachers at Coyote Springs elicit such enthusiasm from their students?

    Coyote Springs fourth grade teacher Brittany Kominska has the passion for teaching and the love for children that can inspire any room full of children. But Kominska says that her go-to resource for getting her students back on track during a long day is GoNoodle, a web-based suite of hundreds of movement games and videos that get kids dancing, running, jumping, stretching, deep breathing, and more. Launched in 2013, GoNoodle is used in 75% of the public elementary schools across the U.S.

    “There are so many reasons why I’ve incorporated GoNoodle in my classroom,” says Kominska, “Daily classroom life can be so monotonous. In a few short minutes, GoNoodle breaks up the boredom. The probability of my students retaining what I teach is slim if I just talk to them all day. It’s not always practical to take the time to go outside, so I’m so thankful we can just throw on a GoNoodle game. The kids are out of their seats right away, their blood is pumping and they’re ready to learn again. They think it’s super fun.”

    GoNoodle is a free resource for any educator in the Quad-City area, thanks to a sponsorship from Yavapai Regional Medical Center. 

    “GoNoodle aligns very well with our Vision of a Total Healing Environment which is based on caring for the body, mind and spirit. YRMC is proud to sponsor programs like GoNoodle, as well as Partners for Healthy Students and the YRMC Family Resource Center that enrich the lives of children and young families in our community,” states Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, Community Outreach and Philanthropy at YRMC.

    Coyote Springs principal Candice Blakely-Stump recognizes the value of this partnership. “The bottom line is that without community connections like our partnership with YRMC, we couldn’t do what we do,” says Blakely-Stump, “This relationship is vital. The phrase may be overused, but it’s very true. It does take a village to serve our children.”

    In addition to games and videos, the premium version of GoNoodle that YRMC provides, called GoNoodle Plus, gives teachers access to customizable programs. Teachers can input specific curriculum content as often as they’d like, making the games relevant to what the students are learning at any given time. “This is my favorite thing about GoNoodle,” says Kominska, “We’re not stopping the learning process at all.  I tell them, ‘I tricked you – you are actually still learning!’“ Teachers can also log and track students’ physical activity, providing incentives for exercise.

    GoNoodle Regional Community Manager Cameron Waldo recently visited Kominska’s class. The students demonstrated their favorite GoNoodle activities, and Waldo answered students’ questions about what it’s like to work at GoNoodle. 

    “Brittany's kids were great,” says Waldo, “They asked me a ton of questions and we danced, laughed, and had a goofy photo session. They were bright and curious! More and more educators like Brittany are finding out that investing in GoNoodle returns productive students with less behavior problems.”

    GoNoodle offers a free subscription for families so that parents and children can have access to ‘brain breaks’ and exercise videos at home. “Parents can feel good about their kids playing GoNoodle at home - it's a safe, interactive way to get moving beyond the classroom,” says Waldo.

    The home version also allows users to preview new GoNoodle programs and activities before they become available in the classroom. Nearly 1 million families across the country have signed up to use GoNoodle at home. More information and sign up can be accessed at www.GoNoodle.com.

    Coyote Springs fourth grader Alano uses GoNoodle at home. He says, “I like doing GoNoodle at home because it is fun to do with my family.” His classmate Kyla agrees, “I like doing GoNoodle at home because I thought that if it’s fun at school, why can’t it be fun at home? And sure enough it is fun!”

    Kominska describes what might be the most important feature of using GoNoodle in the classroom and at home, “What I am counting on is that by creating these positive experiences now, I am instilling a love of health and exercise that will continue throughout my students’ lives, long after they leave Coyote Springs.”