Category: Informative

Category: Informative

What is a Blood Transfusion? 28July

What is a Blood Transfusion?

A blood transfusion is a safe, common procedure in which blood is given through an intravenous (IV) line in one of the blood vessels.  The need for a transfusion may occur if the body is unable to make blood properly.  Most common types of blood transfusion are for loss of red blood cells or platelets.  Low platelet counts can arise …

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What You Need to Know About Gallbladder Disease 20July

What You Need to Know About Gallbladder Disease

Written By: Robert Ripley, MD, FACS, General Surgeon The gallbladder is a small organ that will fit in the palm of your hand and stores liquid called bile. When you eat, the gallbladder receives a signal to release the stored bile.  The bile flows through a duct and empties into the small intestine to mix with the food you’ve eaten.  …

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Making Healthy Food Choices 13July

Making Healthy Food Choices

It is becoming easier to make conscious and healthy food choices than ever before. Up and down grocery store aisles you see labels that shout “organic” “gluten free” “sugar free” and “low calorie”. But, are these seemingly “healthy” choices truly healthy? A new poll from the New York Times shows the gap between what Americans consider healthy and what nutritionists …

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Zika Virus Update from the CDC 11July

Zika Virus Update from the CDC

Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How To Protect Against It About Zika Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). People can also get Zika through sex with a man infected with Zika and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. People …

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Blood Shortage 6July

Blood Shortage

The next blood drive at Wickenburg Community Hospital is taking place on Tuesday, August 16 from 8 am to 2 pm in the Activity Room. On June 7, state blood supplies fell to 42% below required levels, forcing United Blood Services/Arizona to issue a critical appeal for blood donors of all types. The severe shortage was caused by four factors: …

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? 30June

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are you getting enough sleep? According to a recent study most Americans are not, and what is worse they are not sure how much they or their children should be receiving. According to American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Babies 4 months to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours Children 1 to 2 years old: 11 to 14 hours Children 3 to …

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Skin Cancer: Are you at risk? 29June

Skin Cancer: Are you at risk?

Written By: Robert Ripley, MD, FACS, General Surgeon Nonmelanoma skin cancer includes basal and squamous cell carcinoma.  BCC (basal cell carcinoma) arises from the basal keratinocytes of the epidermis (skin) and it is the most common cancer in humans.  SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) arises from the keratinizing epidermal cells and is the second most common type of skin cancer. The …

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What you Need to Know About Hernias 27June

What you Need to Know About Hernias

Written By:  Robert Ripley, MD,FACS, General Surgeon Hernias are enlarged natural opening in the body or separations of muscle that allow underlying tissue to protrude through them.  An example of a natural opening hernia is the hiatal hernia that allows the stomach to protrude into the chest cavity.  Separations of muscle can occur in previous incisions.  Abdominal incisions are the …

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The New Life Pregnancy Center in Wickenburg recently received a donation of two new infant car seats from Wickenburg Community Hospital.  The Wickenburg office is one of 17 centers across the state providing free pregnancy related services such as pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting classes and material needs such as clothing, formula and diapers. The donation was made possible through the …

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The Opioid Impact 19June

The Opioid Impact

As a country we are facing a growing epidemic. It’s an epidemic that plays no favorites: both genders and every race is affected. It can ruin a person from the interior to exterior, tears apart families and can often end in death, and what is worse is there very little help for those who suffer. It is the opioid epidemic. …

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Primary Care

Community Hospital Clinics are located in Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Congress. We sincerely follow our mission to provide quality health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.

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Emergency Care

Our 8 bed Emergency Room department is fully staffed with emergency physicians, nurses, and ER specialists. Your wait time is typically measured in minutes not hours as in the larger metropolitan hospitals.

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Surgical Services

Wickenburg Community Hospital provides a wide variety of surgical care and treatment. We serve a vibrant and active community who favors quality health care close to home.

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