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Longevity in Rural Healthcare

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Wickenburg Community Hospital & Clin­ics (WCH) plays a crucial role in preserv­ing the health and well-being of thou­sands of residents and visitors across 3,300 square miles. Our job is to provide essential access to high quality healthcare services to underserved communities. Many of you might not realize that Wick­enburg, Aguila, Salome, Congress, Yarnell, Peeples Valley, Morristown, and Witt­mann have been designated as health pro­fessional shortage areas by the federal government.

Preserving health across a large geography with a dispersed population requires dedi­cated and highly-trained staff at WCH who work in concert with the local fire and ambulance companies in the various towns and cities that we serve. WCH is certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services as the advanced life sup­port base station for LifeLine Ambulance. Said differently, WCH is responsible for directing the advanced life support system and prehospital care for our local commu­nities. WCH’s Emergency Department is comprised of all board certified or board eligible physicians, making it on par or equal to the large hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Lifesaving healthcare, or preserving health, actually begins with the individual. In fact, effective healthcare management depends on the patient staying informed, engaged, and proactive. Our role as the provider is to partner with you to define the best pathway to optimal health and wellness. Your role as the patient is to ac­tively work with your provider to commu­nicate concerns, share personal goals, un­derstand treatment options, and adhere to the plan. Healthcare is a shared journey between the patient and the primary care provider.

Many people want to go beyond tradition­al primary care, however. They are looking to understand, prevent, and remediate the root causes of disease/health conditions where possible.

WCH has recently hired Courtney Neal, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, who blends naturo­pathic medicine with allopathic medicine. The goal is to treat and educate the whole person, so they can live their best life through a combination of dietary changes, nutritional supplements, hydration, physical therapy, and routine medical care. We are excited to have Courtney Neal at the Com­munity Clinic in Wickenburg. She cares for infants, children, and adults.

WCH is also adding a mobile clinic this summer to expand greater access to the more sparsely populated areas of our 3,300 square mile service area. The mobile clinic, or QWickCare Anywhere, is essentially the Wickenburg Clinic on wheels. WCH is pleased to bring our services into the pa­tients’ community. The mobile clinic will have two exam rooms plus essential labora­tory and radiology capabilities. It will also offer telehealth services for specialty con­sultations, if needed. Providing regular pri­mary care is the key to enhancing and opti­mizing a person’s best life. The mobile clinic will play a critical role in preserving the health and well-being in the communi­ties we serve.

The WCH system of healthcare services has provided quality health and wellness services for 98 years. Our team is essential to maintaining the fabric of the local towns and communities from Wickenburg, Arizo­na on up to Yarnell and Peeples Valley and out to Aguila, Brenda, and Salome. WCH has been growing over the years to support the healthcare needs of these communities by adding specialty services like Behavioral Health, Cardiology, Chemotherapy/Infu­sion Services, Critical Care, Infectious Dis­ease, Pain Management, Pulmonology, Re­habilitation, Retail Pharmacy, and Surgery. WCH provides personalized medicine where the patient, family and community come first. Thank you for the opportunity to be your healthcare partner!



Jackie Lundblad, President & CEO

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