After months of discussion and negotiation, leaders at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Dignity Health in Arizona have completed an affiliation that will benefit those needing medical services throughout Yavapai County and central Arizona.
The announcement was made jointly by YRMC president and CEO John Amos and Dignity Health’s Arizona division president and CEO Linda Hunt on Nov. 2.
Amos said the affiliation was as an important milestone in the 77-year history of YRMC serving the county. He said the affiliation will permit expansion of current health care services and resources for the benefit of all the people being served.
The affiliation will perhaps eliminate the need for people to have to travel to the greater Phoenix area for specialty medical services, he said.
Hunt said Dignity Health is looking forward to helping enhance health care services for the residents of Yavapai County: “This partnership is a reflection of our shared vision and values with YRMC.”
Regional residents now will have access to world-class specialty services, she said.
As a part of a national affiliation with Common Spirit Health, the affiliation now becomes part of a health network of 137 hospitals and 700 medical care facilities in 21 states.
YRMC will be the seventh hospital in Arizona affiliated with Dignity Health. Other hospitals include Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Also involved is St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which includes Barrow Neurological Institute, Norton Thoracic Institute, and Dignity Health Cancer institute; St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center; Arizona General Hospital Laveen; and Arizona General Hospital Mesa.
YRMC will remain as a not-for-profit community hospital.