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Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East celebrates 10 years of success, progress

Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East now.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East now.

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Yavapai Regional Medical Center - East Campus then (in 2006).

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Fifteen minutes before Yavapai Regional Medical Center opened its $75 million, 50-bed east campus on May 15, 2006, a man rapped on the door of the emergency room suffering with a shoulder injury.

He was the first patient; two more were scheduled for orthopedic surgery.

On that very same day, a very sick woman arrived at the emergency room. She had to be transferred to the intensive care unit.

To John Amos, the then-east campus administrator who is now YRMC’s president and chief executive officer, those patients were proof of the need for the new hospital facility in northern Arizona.

“It was the first acute care hospital to open in Yavapai County in close to 40 years,” Amos said of the east campus. “It was certainly a unique and special opportunity from an administrative standpoint to be part of opening a new hospital, and to offer enhanced health care service to the entire region.”

In the decade since it opened, Amos has witnessed a continued growth on that campus so that today the hospital has 74 beds, 10 of them allocated for pediatric patients.

“We have exceeded expectations for what that campus would do,” Amos said.

In its first decade, YRMC has invested an additional $25 million into campus services intended to meet the growing needs of northern Arizona residents: a state-of-the-art BreastCare Center complete with the most up-to-date three-dimensional mammography technology; the 16, private-room Family Birthing Center that includes a Level 11 nursery for high risk newborns delivered between 32 and 34 weeks; the Advanced Wound Center and the 12-bay Infusion Center. YRMC East is also home to an Outpatient Service Center that beyond medical offices includes a clinical laboratory, a cardiac diagnostic imaging service and the Prescott Valley Medical Imaging center.

The emergency department has also undergone recent renovations.

And Amos expects no slowdown in progress in the coming years.

By year’s end, Amos said, the east campus will be adding to its technology with the addition of a positron emission tomography scanner (PET) that is a nuclear medicine tool to detect for disease in the body, particularly used to detect cancer, heart ailments, brain disorders and other central nervous system issues. Surgical services continue to expand with the addition of in-patient dialysis, ongoing wellness and preventative services and additional medical office space for physician practices, he said.

“It has been fun and rewarding to see the campus develop and grow; to really become a thriving medical center,” Amos said, noting that many of the staff and volunteers who were present for the grand opening remain active with the hospital to this day.

“If you compare a picture of the 2006 YRMC East Campus to one taken today, you can see the positive change and growth,” said YRMC East Campus Administrator Frank Almendarez. This is due to the vision of YRMC’s Board of Trustees and its leadership team, both who understand and respond to the health care needs of our communities.”

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