A better place to live, work and grow is important to us. That’s why we are committed to supporting local health careers, adding more providers and appointment times and improving the quality of care locally. We believe always improving means delivering better care today than yesterday, and even better care tomorrow.
Access to Care
It’s not about getting bigger. It’s about better access to care. That’s why we’re expanding our clinic hours, adding more locations and recruiting the best providers. In the past two years, we’ve recruited 31 new outpatient providers and partnered with 11 community medical providers to ensure you have access to high-quality care close to home.
Providing the best quality healthcare to our community is at the forefront of everything we do. We believe quality takes many forms – from making sure we meet the highest national standards to listening to our patients and families and ensuring they feel heard. You are the reason for our continuous improvement and the driving force behind all of our efforts and achievements. Because of you, we make better a reality.
We believe in making life better for your family and the people in our community. And we believe that supporting our community means more than providing healthcare within our walls. It means creating an extraordinary place for families, friends and neighbors to grow and thrive. That’s why we take immense pride in caring for underserved populations, supporting local non-profit organizations and helping to create a community we are all proud to call home.
We believe professional growth depends on local healthcare education. From collaborating with secondary education institutions and expanding local nursing and radiology programs to offering a surgical tech program and providing scholarships from the Foundation of YRMC, we’re creating new education opportunities that increase the number of healthcare professionals right here in our community. We’re dedicated to educating today’s students so tomorrow’s generation of healthcare experts can better care for our community in the future.
Meet Yasmine Castro
Yasmine Castro, R.N., is an acute care nurse at Yuma Regional. She was part of a team that heard about a new initiative to identify potential heart arrhythmias before they happen and was eager to learn more. Yuma Regional adapted this technique to become one of the first hospitals in the nation to implement a pilot program that has decreased heart-stopping code blues by 50%.
Through a collaboration between our information technology and nursing teams, Yasmine and her team identified 11 hints or indicators that show up when a patient moves toward a code blue, an emergency signal of unexpected cardiac arrest. Today, those indicators are used throughout Yuma Regional and other hospitals to save lives.
Meet Yesenia Espindola
Yesenia Espindola works in the Cancer Center. She was a part of the team who understood the value and convenience of home-based cancer treatments. They wanted to knock down barriers to provide the best care possible for our cancer patients. So, they collaborated with local pharmacies to deliver home-based oral chemotherapies right to the patient’s doorstep.
Since implementing our Oral Chemo Collaboration in 2021, we have helped make it easier for many of our cancer patients to receive their home-based oral chemotherapies. Today, the program continues to thrive while we work and find more ways to help patients have easier access to life-saving treatments.
Meet Melissa Belcher
Melissa Belcher, R.N., knows experienced surgical techs are vital to successful surgeries. So, she helped develop a Surgical Technologist Internship program to train the best and brightest right here in Yuma. This program ensures patients get quality surgical care and offers local career growth for staff, which is a win-win for everyone.
Currently, several new scrub techs have completed the program and joined Yuma Regional’s surgical services team. Our techs are now working alongside doctors and nurses, performing a crucial role in the hospital’s surgical suites while making a positive impact on surgical excellence.
Meet Karina Cruz
When Yuma-native Karina Cruz, P.A., wanted to grow her medical career, she stayed right here at home. She trained under the best surgeons in the urology field at Yuma Regional and helped open Yuma Regional’s first urology clinic last year. We’re committed to growing talent in our community and improving our neighbors' healthcare access. That’s why we added 31 new providers in the last two years and expanded our clinic hours and appointment times.
A short trip can make the biggest difference. So, we’re closing the gap and distance to accessing high-quality care by educating more providers, investing in new technology and offering more advanced procedures right here in Yuma.