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  • Platelet Rich Plasma Promotes Healing and Active, Pain-Free Living

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | May 06, 2015
    Western Yavapai County residents are healing their own arthritic joints, ligament strains, muscle injuries and more with help from Bradley Benson, DO, and a procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

    “PRP is a corrective treatment. It helps regenerate and rebuild tissue,” said Dr. Benson, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, YRMC PhysicianCare’s Spine Center. “It’s also very safe because your body’s own cells do the healing work.”

    An increasingly popular procedure, PRP allows people to avoid surgery and for many it significantly reduces arthritis pain. It’s also a welcome replacement for steroid injections, which have side effects and can weaken tissue.

    “PRP helps people at any age, but the group that’s most interested are people who are 50 and older,” Dr. Benson said. “PRP is for anyone who wants to live without pain and pursue their leisure activities whether that’s golfing, hiking, gardening or enjoying their grandchildren.”

    Dr. Benson uses PRP to treat a variety of conditions and injuries, including:

    • Arthritis
    • Ligament, Muscle and Tendon Injuries
    • Shoulder Injuries
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Injuries
    • Meniscus Tears
    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    How does PRP work? First, it’s important to remember that blood contains red cells, white cells and platelets. Platelets are best known for clotting blood, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called “growth factors” that help heal injuries.

    PRP begins by taking blood drawn from the patient and separating the platelets from the other blood cells. This spinning process is called centrifugation and results in platelets that can be five to 10 times richer than usual.  The platelet rich plasma (extracted from the blood) is then injected into the injured tissue.

     “It can take several weeks for the healing to begin,” said Dr. Benson. “After that, the area will continue to improve over the next three to six months.”

    Most people only require one or two PRP procedures at a single site (e.g., elbow, shoulder, knee). Injections into several sites can be safely administered at the same time. Recovery from the procedure is fast with most people returning to their normal activity in a day.

    Dr. Benson performs the 45-minute PRP procedure at YRMC PhysicianCare’s Spine Center, 1001 Division Street in Prescott.

    For more information about PRP, contact YRMC PhysicianCare’s Spine Center at (928) 445-4818.

  • Community Comes Together for Celebrate Life Health Expo

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Apr 27, 2015
    YRMC Sponsors Major Health and Wellness Event

    People of all ages will find fun and educational activities for them at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Celebrate Life Health Expo. The Expo takes place:

    Saturday, May 16
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Prescott Gateway Mall
    3250 Gateway Blvd.
    Prescott, AZ 

    “The Celebrate Life Health Expo is one way that YRMC supports health education and wellness in our community,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director of YRMC Community Outreach and Philanthropy. “There are wonderful exhibits and activities planned for people of all ages to enjoy including presentations and demonstrations by local healthcare experts. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the extensive network of health and wellness organizations that serve our community.”

    Celebrate Life Health Expo attendees will have more than 70 exhibits to explore this year. These will feature interactive demonstrations, health screenings and informative displays.

    A series of presentations on May 16 will also feature area experts focusing on important topics, including:

    • Virtual Dementia Tours: Preregistration is required, call Natalie Brummer at (602) 578-7357 to register.
    • The Wellness Paradigm - Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well: Presented by Dr. Andy Nelson, HealthSource of Prescott.
    • Healthy Legs Bootcamp - How to Manage Peripheral Vascular Disease: Presented by Donna Hannah, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, Yavapai Regional Medical Center.
    • Kick Start Your Motivation: Presented by Sgt Steve Rosen, Kick Start Boot Camp.
    • Secrets to Maintaining Your Dental Health: Presented by Dr. Jason Campbell, Cosmetic Family Dentistry.
    • Living with Pain? Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy May be the Answer: Presented by Dr. Bradley Benson, Physiatrist, Yavapai Regional Medical Center.
    • How Well is Your State of Being? Presented by Cheryl Van Demark, Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist, Body Language Studio.
    The following organizations will participate in the Celebrate Life Health Expo. For more information, contact YRMC Community Outreach at (928) 771-5738.

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center
    • Advanced Wound Care Center
    • BreastCare Center
    • Community Outreach and Philanthropy
    • Corporate Compliance
    • Emergency/Trauma Services
    • Family Resource Center
    • Infusion Therapy
    • Nutrition Services
    • Nursing/Surgical Services
    • Partners for Healthy Students
    • Physical Rehabilitation
    • PhysicianCare – Family Medicine
    • PhysicianCare – Cardiology
    • PhysicianCare – Neurosurgical Medicine/Neurology/Physiatry
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Respiratory Wellness
    • Volunteer Services

     Abrio Cares

    Adult Care Services

    Alzheimer’s Association

    American Diabetes Association

    API Comprehensive Dental Rehab

    Caption Call

    Central Yavapai Fire District

    City of Prescott Police Department

    Coalition for Compassion and Justice

    Community Partnership for Comfort Care

    Count the Kicks

    doTERRA Essential Oils

    Good Samaritan Society/Legacy Home Health

    HealthHub Network

    HealthSource of Prescott

    Health Strategies for Life

    Home Instead Senior Care

    Jason C. Campbell Cosmetic Family Dentistry

    Juice Plus +

    Kick Start Boot Camp

    Life Line Ambulance

    LightWork 4 U

    Lions Club

    March of Dimes

    MATFORCE

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    Native Air

    Northern Arizona VA Health Care System   

    • Foster Veterans Program
    •  Health Promotion
    •  Women Veterans
    •  My Health – E Vet

    NAZCARE

    New Horizons

    Nourish Me Academy

    Nutritional Weight Loss Center

    People Who Care

    Prescott AA Intergroup

    Prescott Dystonia Support Group

    Prescott Meals on Wheels

    ResCare Home Care

    Senior Corps Yavapai CSI @ NAU

    Senior Peer Prevention Program

    Southwest Behavioral Health Services

    Suicide Prevention Coalition

    The Natural Healing Garden

    The Spot Museum

    West Yavapai Guidance Clinic

    • Foundation
    • Mental Health Awareness

    Women’s Health & Healing Center

    YCCHS – Well Woman Healthcheck Program

    Yavapai County Community Health Services

    Yavapai Health and Wellness


  • YRMC Schedules Annual Meeting for Wednesday, April 29

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Apr 16, 2015

    The Yavapai Community Hospital Association, which does business and operates as Yavapai Regional Medical Center, will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 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.

    • Rowle Simmons will present the Council of Electors’ Report and Introduction of New Trustees.
    • Clifford Morgan, M.D., will present the Chairman of the Board of Trustees’ Report.
    • Larry Owens, M.D., 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 2014 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 Introduces Procedure for Patients with Advanced Cancers

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Mar 30, 2015

    Chemoembolization Keeps People Home for Care

    A procedure that fights liver cancer and advanced cancer that has spread to the liver was recently introduced at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

    “Chemoembolization is a proven treatment. There are years of data that demonstrate it can stop or shrink tumors in the liver,” said Ben Paxton, MD, Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, YRMC.

    This is positive news for people with liver cancer or cancer that has metastasized (spread) to the liver. In about two-thirds of cases treated, chemoembolization can stop liver tumors from growing or cause the tumors to shrink, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

    Chemoembolization combines anti-cancer drugs with an embolic agent to attack the cancer on two fronts. First, it delivers a high concentration of the drug therapy directly to the liver. This helps spare most of the liver’s healthy tissue. Second, the embolic agent – which includes small, synthetic particles – both blocks the blood supply to the tumor and traps the chemotherapy drugs in the tumor. This deprives the tumor of oxygen and nutrients to stop growth. It also delivers a high dose of anti-cancer drugs to the tumor for a longer period of time.

    “This procedure can be done in combination with other types of chemotherapy,” said Dr. Paxton, who studied chemoembolization during a fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine.

    How does chemoembolization work? Dr. Paxton – or his colleague, Vascular and Interventional Radiologist Matthew Dicker, MD – use imaging technology to guide a thin catheter into the liver. The physicians then take a series of x-rays that reveal the branches of the arteries that lead to the tumor. Once the catheter is positioned in the correct arteries, the physicians inject anti-cancer drugs and embolic agents. Because only a small skin incision is necessary for the 60-minute procedure, it’s called “non-invasive.”

    “Patients spend the night at YRMC West after chemoembolization for observation, which makes it even more important that this procedure is now available at YRMC,” Dr. Paxton said. “When people are dealing with significant illness, they need to be closer to home and near their loved ones.”

    The availability of chemoembolization at YRMC also simplifies follow-up for people of western Yavapai County. Dr. Paxton recommends a CT scan or MRI of the liver every three months following chemoembolization to monitor how much the tumors have shrunk and to check for new tumor growth.

    Chemoembolization can be repeated multiple times over the course of many years if necessary. If a second chemoembolization is necessary for optimal treatment, the average time to this second procedure is between 10 and 14 months, according to ACR and RSNA.

    In addition to primary liver cancer, chemoembolization is used to treat cancer that has spread to the liver as a result of:

    • colon cancer
    • breast cancer
    • ocular melanoma (cancer found in or around the eye)
    • carcinoid tumors (tumors that occur in the digestive tract or pancreas)
    • islet cell tumors of the pancreas
    • sarcomas (cancer that develops in certain tissues, like bone or muscle)
    • vascular primary tumors

    For more information about chemoembolization, contact Vascular and Interventional Specialists of Prescott at (928) 771-8477. 

  • Safeway Foundation and Local Store Employees Support YRMC BreastCare Center

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 16, 2015

    The fight against breast cancer in western Yavapai County recently received a significant boost thanks to a generous donation from the Safeway Foundation and local Safeway employees.

    The Safeway Foundation has donated $30,000 to Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation – its third since 2012 – to help uninsured and underinsured women undergoing advanced diagnostics at The BreastCare Center at YRMC. In addition, Safeway employees and customers from the 7720 E. Highway 69 store in Prescott Valley have raised $500 through the Heart of Safeway Volunteer Award program. The employees selected The BreastCare Center at YRMC for the gift.

    “Safeway is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve,” said Nancy Keane, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Phoenix Division of Safeway, Inc. “In the Quad Cities, we’re pleased to partner with our customers, employees and the YRMC Foundation to help women who need breast care services but are unable to afford it.”

    The Safeway Foundation funds target a significant need: uninsured or underinsured women in western Yavapai County who require follow-up care to determine if an abnormality detected during a breast exam is cancerous or benign. The Safeway Foundation donation helps women who don’t qualify for any financial assistance programs and who lack the resources to cover the cost of these services. The funds will cover a range of diagnostic services, including:

    • Biopsies
    • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Breast Ultrasound
    • Consultations with Oncologists
    • Digital Mammography

    “These are our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors. They are women in our communities and they’re in need of important healthcare services,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, YRMC Community Outreach and Philanthropy. “We’re so grateful to the Safeway Foundation and the Prescott Valley Safeway employees for stepping forward to offer their support to ensure these women receive the diagnostic services they need.”

    For more information about The BreastCare Center at YRMC and services available as a result of the Safeway Foundation contribution, please contact YRMC’s Community Outreach and Philanthropy Department at (928) 771-5686.

  • The Infusion Center: Comfort and Convenience in a State-of-the-Art Center

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, 928-771-5686 | Feb 10, 2015

    Western Yavapai County residents undergoing antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy and other healing therapies now have access to The Infusion Center, a state-of-the-art facility at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott Valley.

    “Infusion therapy can often be administered over weeks or months during individual outpatient therapy sessions and each session can last hours,” said Alana Yoerger, RN, Manager, YRMC Infusion Therapy. “People want – and need – a comfortable, pleasant environment for such therapies. The Infusion Center provides that along with state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled, knowledgeable, caring staff.”

    Originally called Infusion Therapy Services, The Infusion Center replaces the outpatient unit at YRMC West in Prescott. The Infusion Center has nearly triple the amount of space as its previous location. It also includes a total of 12 new state-of-the-art infusion bays, two with bariatric chairs.

    The Infusion Center also features:

    • Convenient parking, with a covered drive for patient drop-off and pick-up.
    • A private entrance.
    • On-site registration and scheduling (with the exception of evenings, weekends and holidays).
    • Comfortable infusion chairs with personal televisions and basic cable as well as connections for laptops and tablets.

    The Infusion Center serves patients:

    • 8:00 am-10:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
    • 8:00 am-2:00 pm and 7:30-10:30 pm, weekends or holidays for people undergoing continuous therapy.

    “We’re delighted that The Infusion Center is available for the many people of our communities who need ongoing therapy services,” said Yoerger.

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

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 21, 2015

    The Family Resource Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to offer a car seat distribution program to their Healthy Families and First Steps participants.

    Healthy Families offers parents and children free home visits from highly trained support specialists. Information on healthy pregnancy and bonding with one’s baby, along with developmental screenings and connection to community resources are provided. Now, thanks to the Governor’s Office grant, the Healthy Families team can offer free safety seats and supporting education to help keep children safe inside their family’s vehicles too.

    Recipients must be currently enrolled in the YRMC Healthy Families program and meet certain requirements, such as having a vehicle with working seat belts and attending a child safety seat class. Those not enrolled in either program will be looked at on a case by case basis and could also be referred to other community resources providing this service. The classes are taught by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians.

    Upon successful completion of the child safety seat class, parents will receive one car or booster seat, depending on their needs. Parents are given time to install their new seats, using the information they have learned, and the seats are then checked by the class instructor to ensure proper installation.

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

  • Flu Season Prompts YRMC to Restrict Young Visitors

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 21, 2015

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is restricting hospital visitors due to a recent spike in patients diagnosed with flu - influenza A and B - as well as a number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

    Until the flu season ends, children under age 12 will not be allowed to visit patients at YRMC West in Prescott or YRMC East in Prescott Valley. Siblings of newborns in YRMC’s Family Birthing Center are included in these restrictions.

    “Our first priority is always the health and safety of our patients,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, Community Outreach and Philanthropy. “We believe these short-term restrictions will help prevent flu in hospitalized patients, many of whom have weakened immunity. Also, we believe this will help prevent further spread of the flu in our communities.”

    YRMC also is asking people of all ages with flu-like symptoms not to visit hospitalized patients. Flu symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Dry cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle aches
    • Stomach distress

    “These visitation restrictions are temporary. They will be lifted when the flu season ends,” Nicol said. “We very much appreciate the support of the community as we strive to protect patients from this virus.”

    Understanding the Flu

    The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Flu complications can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu can be particularly dangerous for older people, young children and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. Healthy individuals with no chronic medical conditions may suffer from complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections or sinus infections that require additional medical treatment.

    RSV is another infection of the lungs and respiratory tract that can be particularly severe in premature babies and infants with underlying health conditions. RSV can also become serious in older adults, adults with heart and lung diseases, or anyone with a very weak immune system.

    Protecting Yourself from the Flu

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Here are other tips to reduce your chances of getting the flu:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, if soap and water are not available.
    •  Avoid close contact with people who are ill with the flu.
    • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Avoid spreading germs by not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects to keep them as germ-free as possible.
  • Wells Fargo Helps Keep YRMC’s Mobile Kids Health Clinic on the Road

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 07, 2015

    Students served by Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Mobile Kids Health Clinic received a gift from Wells Fargo that will help start the year right. Yavapai County Wells Fargo bank branches donated $15,000 to YRMC’s Partner’s for Healthy Students Mobile Kids Health Clinic for 2015.

    “We’re delighted by this generous donation,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, YRMC Community Outreach and Philanthropy. “Thanks to Wells Fargo, more uninsured and underinsured children who need medications for acute illnesses will have them available.”

    The Wells Fargo donation also will allow Partners for Healthy Students to purchase needed medical supplies for the Mobile Kids Health Clinic. Additionally, the donation will help keep the mobile clinic running to school destinations in rural communities in western Yavapai County as well as schools in the Prescott area.

    “Supporting our communities is at the center of Wells Fargo’s Vision and Values and we are pleased to help fund the Partners for Healthy Students Mobile Medical program,” said David Dinerman, Wells Fargo Business Relationship Manager. “The mobile clinic is an invaluable resource in helping meet the pediatric health needs of so many children in underserved communities throughout Yavapai County.”

    Partners for Healthy Students provides free health services to uninsured or under insured students at the schools it serves. The healthcare services, which are provided by certified pediatric nurse practitioners, include:

    • Diagnosis and treatment of illness
    • Prevention/well child visits
    • Sports physicals
    • Prescription medicines for acute illnesses
    • Laboratory tests and radiology services
    • Referrals to doctors, dentists and other specialists
    • Health education for safety, nutrition and dental hygiene

    “Our program helps children stay healthy and keeps them in school so they can learn,” said Mary Ellen Sandeen, RN, MSN, CPNP Program Director, Partners for Healthy Students. “We’re grateful for Wells Fargo support of the work Partners for Healthy Students does in our communities.”

  • Gurley Street Grill Helps Boot Out Cancer

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Dec 10, 2014

    Restaurant Raises Funds for YRMC Community BreastCare Fund

    Breast cancer prevention in the Quad Cities got a boost in October, thanks to a campaign sponsored by the Gurley Street Grill, 230 W. Gurley St., Prescott. The campaign – Boot Out Cancer – raised $12,568 for the YRMC Community BreastCare Fund.

    Krystal Burge and Mark Peterson, founders of Fork in the Road Restaurants, which owns Gurley Street Grill, recently presented the check to John Amos, President and CEO, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

    “Women from our communities who cannot afford screening, diagnostics or treatment turn to the YRMC Community BreastCare Fund for help,” said Amos. “With the excellent support of the Gurley Street Grill team and its patrons, we’ll reach even more women in our community who need breast care.”

    During Boot Out Cancer, Gurley Street Grill sold koozies in the shape of cowboy (or girl) boots. The restaurant also displayed a large pink cowboy boot for people who wanted to drop in a few dollars to support the cause.

    “I think everybody knows someone who has had breast cancer or has been touched by it in some way,” said Chris Brady, Director of Marketing, Fork in the Road Restaurants. “The timing was perfect and the campaign was a great fit.”

    For more information about the YRMC Community BreastCare Fund, call (928) 442-8900 or 1-877-436-5290.

     


  • YRMC Welcomes East Campus Administrator: New Leader Combines Administrative and Clinical Experience

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 15, 2014

    Frank R. Almendarez, MHSA, has joined Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) as its East Campus Administrator.

    “I knew I wanted to be part of the YRMC team after my first visit,” said Almendarez. “Everyone I met was kind, welcoming and professional. I was also impressed by how well the two campuses coordinate services in order to meet the community’s healthcare needs.”

    Almendarez brings extensive administrative as well as clinical experience to Prescott Valley. Before joining YRMC, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Willamette Valley Medical Center in Oregon. Prior to that, Almendarez was Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in New Mexico.

    Almendarez earned a Master of Health Services Administration from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Stanislaus.

     “YRMC’s vision for a Total Healing Environment compliments my leadership vision,” he said. “As healthcare providers, I believe we need to provide physical, mental and spiritual support for patients and their family members.”

    As a registered nurse, Almendarez is familiar with the value of caring for the “total person.” He recalls a night that he was working in the emergency department (ED) of a hospital and an elderly man experiencing chest pain suffered a heart attack. Almendarez, who was performing CPR, called for staff to bring the gentleman’s wife of 50 years from the waiting area. Almendarez asked the wife to hold her husband’s hand and talk to him. As the ED team continued CPR and other life-saving measures, they called out the man’s name and encouraged him not to give up. After much effort, the man’s heart began beating.

    “Three months later, that man, his wife and his granddaughter returned to the hospital to thank the ED team,” Almendarez said. “He told me that he could hear me calling his name while I was performing CPR. That was an eye opener. It demonstrated for me the importance of having behaviors engaging in total healing.”

    In addition to supporting YRMC’s vision for a Total Healing Environment, Almendarez is committed to identifying ways to increase the hospital’s efficiency and to getting involved in several Prescott Valley service organizations.  

    Almendarez and his family are enjoying their new home and his son’s school, both in Prescott Valley. The family is taking advantage of the community’s many festivals and outdoor activities. Almendarez also is looking forward to attending his son’s soccer games.

     

  • YRMC Earns Level IV Trauma Designation

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Aug 06, 2014

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) East and West recently received Level IV Trauma Designation from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Bureau of Emergency Services and Trauma System.

    “This is confirmation of YRMC’s work to prepare for trauma designation,” said Irene Connor, RN, Director, Emergency Services, YRMC East. “To qualify, the state requires significant staff education as well as changes to a hospital’s physical plant.”

    YRMC joins the state’s trauma network, which includes 26 Level IV trauma centers at hospitals throughout Arizona. Using state-established criteria, emergency physicians and nurses from Level IV trauma centers may treat a trauma patient or determine the best level of care for the trauma patient. At YRMC, when a trauma alert is activated the hospital’s specially trained team assembles in five minutes or less.

    “We’re ready to go when the patient arrives,” said Rob Barth, RN, MSN, MBA, CEN, Director, Emergency Services, YRMC West. “We’re committed to ensuring the patient is treated here or transferred to a different level of care—sometimes while still in the field—during that first critical hour.”

    YRMC’s trauma teams are comprised of six to 10 medical professionals, including:

    • Emergency Physicians
    • Emergency Nurses
    • Emergency Department Technicians
    • Cardiopulmonary (EKG) Technologists
    • Phlebotomists
    • Radiologic Technologists
    • Respiratory Therapists
    • Security Officers

    “Our nurses have completed trauma training and our physicians are board certified in Emergency Medicine or have earned Advanced Trauma Life Support certification,” said Christopher Thompson, RN, YRMC’s Trauma Coordinator.

    To sustain YRMC’s Level IV trauma designation, Thompson will:

    • educate YRMC’s trauma team about current trends in trauma care;
    • pursue ongoing review of the trauma team’s performance; and
    • sponsor community education outreach programs to prevent trauma.
    “This is a huge commitment for the hospital,” Thompson said. “It’s a testament to YRMC’s dedication to its Total Healing Environment.”