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Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives: Teaching People to Cook and Eat Well for Life

Earlier this year, I joined a group of physicians, dieticians, public health professionals, chefs, and research scientists who gathered virtually at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley, California for the 17th Annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference.  For three full days we were treated to intriguing presentations […]

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Apples, Fry Bread and Dignity Health: Present Day Links to Prescott’s Distant Past

Signs of the past are everywhere in Prescott — in beautiful old buildings, apple orchards sprinkled among Ponderosa pines, savory-sweet fry bread served at summer festivals, and even state-of-the art healthcare at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center.  We recently stepped back in time at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, to […]

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Laboratory Draw Centers Resume Normal Operations

On Monday, February 15, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) resumed normal business operations at each of its three outpatient laboratory draw centers in Prescott and Prescott Valley. YRMC’s outpatient laboratory draw centers provide medical laboratory services to the community, including blood work and other physician-ordered laboratory studies, and […]

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Tips for Living with COPD

While it may be alarming to receive a diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), it’s important to educate yourself about the disease and what treatment choices are available to you. Making these decisions as soon as possible is key to improving one’s quality of life. What is COPD? COPD […]

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Yavapai Regional Medical Center to Pause All Inpatient and Outpatient Elective Procedures at Both Hospital Locations

In response to rising COVID-19 hospitalization rates, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center will pause all inpatient and outpatient elective procedures at both hospital locations beginning Monday, December 21. Emergent and urgent procedures will continue at both locations. “This was a difficult decision but one that is necessary due to […]

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Top Orthopedic Surgeon to Lead Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Orthopedic Surgery

Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG) has expanded its network of multispecialty medical practices to include Orthopedic Surgical Services. Francisco Jaume, DO, an accomplished orthopedic surgeon with over 28 years of experience, will serve as Lead Orthopedist for YRMG, Orthopedic Surgical Services (formerly YRMC PhysicianCare). The new Clinic has […]

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One Handwash at a Time

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, the flu and other viruses and germs. National Handwashing Awareness Week, December 6-12, serves to remind us of this. We really can defend ourselves one handwash at a time. Proper hand washing habits are essential for […]

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Palliative Medicine: It’s About How You Live

In the minds of most, medicine and technology go hand-in-hand. But, for palliative medicine – a medical specialty focused on improving quality of life for people facing life-limiting, chronic, or serious illness – effective communication is the most important tool. “Palliative medicine doesn’t have fancy instruments,” said Ann Curry, MHS, […]

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Yavapai Regional Medical Center to Expand Visitation Restrictions and Pause Some Elective Procedures

In response to rising COVID-19 infection rates throughout the community, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has made the difficult decision to expand visitor restrictions beginning Tuesday, November 24. Hospital-based elective procedures that require an inpatient stay will pause beginning Thursday, November 26 through Friday, December 4. Procedures in […]

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Chronic Pain: How to Treat it, Not Just Manage it

Aching, throbbing, excruciating and relentless—chronic pain can be all of those and still difficult to describe for people experiencing it. “I compare chronic pain to a snowball that grows bigger as it rolls downhill,” said Cheryl Van Demark, PT, C-IAYT, Physical Rehabilitation Services, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). […]

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World Diabetes Day: A Day of Diabetes Prevention

By Justin Khoa Ma, Pharm.D., Pharmacy, Yavapai Regional Medical Center Did you know that one in two adults with diabetes remain undiagnosed? Multiple factors, such as family history, age, and obesity, increases the risk of diabetes. In 2019, approximately 463 million adults were living with diabetes globally; this is expected […]

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YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen: Making a Delicious Meal in a Bowl While Raising Awareness for Lung Cancer Screening

Did you know that early detection of lung cancer saves lives and that lung cancer screening services are available at YRMC?  To raise awareness of the vital role regular imaging plays in lung cancer survival, we invited Jennifer Harvey, Nurse Navigator, Lung Cancer Screening and Care at YRMC, onto the […]

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Breaking Free from Information Overload

The world has seen pandemics before, but COVID-19 has introduced a new set of challenges unique to the digital age–-information overload. Information overload is a real phenomenon where people have unlimited, instant access to related, but unauthenticated information. Overload often occurs when too much relevant information arrives too quickly, making […]

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Living a Full Life with Diabetes

Diabetes is serious. More than 34 million adult Americans have it, or about 1 in 10 people. Approximately 88 million adults have prediabetes, or 1 in 3 people. Further, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States—and the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult […]

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Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center Complete Affiliation

Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Dignity Health have completed an affiliation, uniting two strong healthcare systems that are committed to creating healthier communities by providing accessible, affordable and innovative health services. The affiliation will scale best-in-class clinical services, recruit and retain primary care providers and top medical specialists, and […]

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AzHHA Announces John Amos as New Board Chairman

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Board of Directors announced John Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC), as its new Board Chair. The board also voted to approve the addition of three new executives to the board. The AzHHA Board of Directors represents […]

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Taking On Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a annual observance aimed at raising both awareness and funding. The funding is for research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and ultimately the cure for breast cancer. Awareness is generated in part through a pink ribbon, a symbol of solidarity among women and families touched by the […]

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Flu Shots More Important Than Ever

As the flu season approaches, we stand the risk of contracting another respiratory illness on top of COVID-19. Along with the risk to ourselves, the flu virus could pressure healthcare resources, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of people catching both diseases at once. That’s why getting a flu […]

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Dr. William Lockwood Recognized for Excellence

Dr. William Lockwood, Infectious Disease Specialist with YRMC PhysicianCare, is the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Healthcare Award. The award, presented annually by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, is given to an individual that has demonstrated excellence in the field of healthcare. Dr. Lockwood has been a source of truth, […]

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Free Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Help from YRMC

Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is offering free expert assistance to families and individuals who want health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. During open enrollment 2021 – November 1 through December 15, 2020 – YRMC’s Certified Application Counselors (CACs) will provide assistance by appointment. “For years, YRMC has […]

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Protect Your Child With a Flu Shot

This is the year when kids need their flu shots more than ever. If your child contracts COVID-19 and hasn’t had their flu shot, they may wind up with both respiratory illnesses at once. And that could be dangerous. “We still don’t know what co-infection might look like,” said Matthew […]

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Carb Counting for Diabetics: A YRMC Healthy Conversations Presentation

Counting carbohydrates is a staple of Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. During sessions with experts like YRMC’s Wendy Nelson, RDN, people with diabetes learn how to manage their diets, weight and health. In fact, Nelson’s enthusiasm for healthy and delicious foods will no doubt make […]

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Treating Prostate Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is hard, no matter the kind, no matter the stage. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, at least know this. It grows more slowly than most other cancers. And it is usually caught early. Meaning the cancer cells probably haven’t spread beyond the prostate. This also […]

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YRMC Outpatient Laboratory Ready to Serve Community

On Monday, September 28, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) opens a new state-of-the-art outpatient laboratory testing center in Prescott Valley. The Outpatient Draw Center at YRMC East will serve Quad Cities residents’ laboratory exam needs, including blood work and other physician-ordered laboratory studies at: 7880 East Florentine Road Prescott Valley, […]

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Up and Away

With the drop of a beam, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) crossed another milestone in its long-term commitment to expand and enhance medical services throughout the region. This beam, the last structural beam to fall into place, seals the framework for a new Health and Wellness Center on the campus […]

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Detect Prostate Cancer Early

During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month remember—when you detect prostate cancer early your chances of successful treatment go up exponentially. The importance of early detection ranks right up there with knowing your risks and practicing prevention, prostate topics covered in an earlier story on YRMC HealthConnect. One of the best […]

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Prevent Prostate Cancer

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month falls each year in September. It’s an annual time to advocate for men’s prostate health and reclaim your power over prostate cancer. YRMC backs this drive to support men and their families by raising awareness of this particular form of cancer. Plus, YRMC offers new services around screening […]

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Swallowing Issues and Aging: What You Should Consider

If you’re experiencing difficulty swallowing, mealtime or even taking a drink of water can be an unpleasant experience. You may even be avoiding your medications because they’re difficult to swallow. “Problems with swallowing should not be underestimated,” said Courtney Brimm, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “It’s […]

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How Are You Doing?

Many people are saying their minds need a break right about now. That they need to shore up their peace-of-mind. We get it because our Vision of a Total Healing Environment values the relationship between body, mind and spirit. National statistics continue to reflect mounting mental health concerns stemming from […]

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