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Arizona Edition: The Future of Yuma Regional Medical Center

Yuma Regional Medical Center

"We want our community to know we have heard you," said YRMC's Vice President of Strategy and Ambulatory Operations, Justin Farren, during this episode of Arizona Edition with KAWC's Lou Gum

When it comes to health and medicine in Yuma County, access to care, affordability, and health options are three major challenges. 

Justin Farren is the Vice President of Strategy and Ambulatory Operations at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Farren is focused on the gaps in healthcare that patients in Yuma County experience and how to meet their needs.

"My focus is really on making sure the community has access to medical services and other services they can walk into and walk out of within the same day without having to stay overnight," Farren said.

Farren talks about a new YRMC health campus to serve east Yuma County that plans to break ground in late spring in the Foothills.

"We want our community members to know we have heard you," said Farren after hearing for years that the community in the Foothills wanted closer access to healthcare. The growing community in the Foothills has one walk-in clinic and it currently sees 20,000 patients a year, Farren explained.

"In emergency situations, time matters, and by shrinking that time we know we are going to save lives and health outcomes," he said.

The health campus would provide family medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyn, clinic services, on top of plans for a free-standing emergency department for residents in east county.

Construction will take a year and is slated to begin this Spring. The new healthcare campus could be operational by the beginning of 2022.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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