Surgical & Diagnostic Center Initial Start-up History
Wickenburg Community Hospital is one of a few remaining non-profit community hospitals owned and operated by its citizens. Established in 1926 and not unlike the tenacious western spirit that built Wickenburg, our Community Hospital and Clinics are dedicated to world class health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.
Our primary and secondary service areas cover approximately 3,300 square miles and according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the US Department of Commerce, population in both areas is projected to grow substantially in the next five years.
In 2010 Wickenburg Community Hospital began a comprehensive process to evaluate community need for additional services and in 2012 the Hospital Board of Directors authorized the development of a new Surgical and Diagnostic Center to provide a variety of services including orthopedic and general surgery, diagnostic and treatment scopes, optical, urologic, podiatric, and cosmetic surgery.
Funding and building a state-of-the-art surgical center capable of offering such an extensive menu of medical services was made possible by the extraordinary support and generosity of the community. At the request of the hospital board, the Board of Directors of the Wickenburg Community Hospital Foundation consented to shoulder the burden of a $7.5 million capital campaign to provide the funding needed to make the surgical center a reality. Incredibly, people from all walks of life demonstrated support for such services needed closer to home. The Foundation received gifts of $10 to $2.5 million in many forms as one-time gifts, multi-year pledges, gifts from community-based and Phoenix-based charitable foundations, challenge gifts and pledges, auction items, payroll withholding from hospital employees, and gifts of time, talent, and creativity. In January 2015 the targeted $7.5 million was met. Consequently, the Hospital was able to apply and receive approval for a US Department of Agriculture loan for $17 million to construct and equip two new buildings – a surgical and diagnostic center and a second medical office building – as well as refinance two long-term debts currently held by the hospital.
Construction of the medical office building and surgical and diagnostic center is underway and projected for completion by April 2016 and June 2016 respectively.