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Vision for a Healthier Tomorrow

Yuma Regional Medical Center has undergone vast, positive change over the last decade. And while we are a future-forward healthcare system, it is important to reflect on the progress made through decisions based on data and feedback cultivated through Community Health Needs Assessments and our patients. While every milestone and achievement cannot be reflected in this piece, a common theme of proactive advancement resounds, all with the health and well-being of Yuma County residents at the forefront of our actions.

You may wonder how YRMC determines what services, locations and programs are needed, or more importantly, what is critically important for our residents? Every three years, YRMC conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment. This valuable insight, along with patient feedback, drives the actions we take to expand and improve care in our community. Many of the identified needs in our assessments prior to 2013 were long-time concerns in the community.

While implementing large scale improvements can take decades, we have remained steady in our commitment to the delivery of new and expanded services. Our progress over the last 10 years is a demonstration of our commitment to meeting and exceeding the health needs of our community.

Community Needs


  • Cancer Care (people leaving town for care)
  • Shortage of primary care and specialists
  • Quality of Emergency Care declining + aging facility


  • High % of physicians over the age of 55
  • Physicians requesting on-call coverage


  • High % of diabetes and heart disease
  • Continued need for primary care and specialists
  • Foothills / East County population growth
  • Quality of physicians / care improving


  • Behavioral health identified as top need
  • Continued need for primary care and specialists
  • Data shows high % substance use


  • Mental health and substance use rise as top need
  • Access to healthcare improves
  • Recruitment remains a top priority
  • Customer service / experience needs identified

Deliverables & Results


  • YRMC Family & Community Medicine Program


  • YRMC Cancer Center opens
  • YRMC Family Medicine opens


  • Bariatric Surgery Program earns MBSQIP
  • YRMC welcomes New CEO 


  • New Emergency Department opens
  • Earned Level 4 Trauma designation


  • 16 new and expanded services


  • YRMC Primary Care Foothills opens


  • YRMC recognized as Forbes best employer 149 cumulative providers recruited
  • 30 new expanded services


  • AHA Quest for Quality Award
  • 206 cumulative providers recruited
  • 35 new and expanded services


  • YRMC opens COVID vaccine clinic at Civic Center
  • Baldrige Quality Award


  • Behavioral Health Center opens
  • Foothills Health Campus complete
  • YRMC hires first Chief Experience Officer

To learn more, visit or download a PDF of the Vision for a Healthier timeline here.