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Courier/Les Stukenberg
Yavapai Regional Medical Center East has some of the most advanced equipment in Northern Arizona like this operating room suite.

Courier/Les Stukenberg Yavapai Regional Medical Center East has some of the most advanced equipment in Northern Arizona like this operating room suite.

Editor's note: This is the third of a five-part series examining the expansion of health care in Yavapai County.

PRESCOTT ­ The current Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) campus is "landlocked," and Tim Barnett, CEO of YRMC, said the first phase of the new Prescott Valley East Campus is just one of three that will open to support the needs of the growing tri-city efficiently.

The YRMC East campus, which Robbie Nicol, director of development and community relations, said is a $50 million project (including furnishings and equipment), will open to the public May 15.

The first phase will consist of a 13-bed emergency department, including four fast track beds, which John Amos, East Campus Administrator, said are "urgent care beds for minor injuries."

Barnett said that, in the emergency room, "people will come in and have an array of services available. We can treat someone with a sprain to someone with a full cardiac arrest."

Amos said the first phase will include three surgery suites "with a fourth for future growth," and also will have 20 medical and 20 surgical beds and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that will consist of 10 beds.

Barnett said the first phase also will consist of an imaging department, clinical labs, physical rehabilitation services and a pharmacy, as well as a chapel and a helicopter service for those who need transportation.

"The campus is a great design because the footprint of it is built to expand for growth," Amos said.

"We'll have the ability to expand, and with that expansion, we'll be able to supply more beds."

Barnett added, "We tried to figure out what we needed, as far as regional growth."

The current YRMC building sits on 13 acres, while the new YRMC East campus, when complete, will consist of 37 acres.

When the second phase of the new East campus is complete, Amos said the hospital will grow from 50 beds in the first phase to 125 beds, and Barnett said that "community needs will determine when phase II will open. We will go up to 200 beds eventually. The 50 beds (in phase I) is really the beginning point, not the end point."

The third phase of the project will bring in 125 more beds, increasing the total to 250 beds.

"We have the land and the layout," Amos said, "and we'll be opening with 24 beds and phase in beds as the need increases."

In addition to increased hospital beds, Barnett said the environment at the new hospital will be pleasant for patients.

He said each room will be private, and each will have a nice view.

"We're also trying to soften the features in the hospital to look less institutionalized and more healing in nature," Barnett said, adding that one of the floors will have a small family kitchen "to give the families an area to relax" and a research room "so families can research their loved one's illness."

He said the hospital also will contain "natural, light colors inspired by nature because nature is so important to a lot of people and people want to be outside to experience that."

Contact the reporter at rbump@prescottaz.com

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