Benny and Ellen Benson at the newly dedicated Woodruff Family Conference Center, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center

On December 7th, family and friends of Bob and Margaret Woodruff, together with members of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation (a member of Dignity Health), the YRMC Foundation Board and YRMC leadership, gathered at YRMC’s new Outpatient Services Building for the dedication of the Woodruff Family Conference Center.

The Woodruffs moved to the Prescott community in the early 1980’s. Being recently retired, they quickly adopted Prescott as their new hometown and became involved in many local activities. In addition, they volunteered for community service organizations including Friends of the Library, Meals on Wheels, and Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Their daughter, Ellen Benson, noted, “My mother and father believed that it is through kindness and helping others, using the grace we have been given, that we meet the world in its needs. When my parents decided to include the Medical Center as a beneficiary of their estate, they did so knowing their gift would be invested wisely.”

Ellen recognized the knowledge and learning that will be shared in the new Conference Center will enrich the lives of the people of our community and is a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Margaret and Bob.

The Woodruff Family Conference Center is located on the first floor of the newly completed Outpatient Services Building at YRMC’s Prescott campus. The Conference Center, fully equipped with state-of-the-art conferencing technology, includes a multipurpose lecture room, two classrooms and a demonstration kitchen.

“The Woodruff family has honored our organization and our community through their kindness and generosity,” said YRMC Foundation Executive Director Robbie Nicol. “The Center will serve as the hub for the continuous education of our staff, ensuring the ongoing delivery of quality and compassionate patient care. Additionally, it will be a gathering place for our community, a place for learning where community members can enjoy educational programs such as YRMC’s Healthy Conversations speaker series and the ‘Your Healthy Kitchen’ programs.”

To learn more about community education at YRMC or to speak with a YRMC Foundation staff member, please contact (928) 771–5686 or [email protected], or visit