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Yuma Doctor Killed in Plane Crash

Oct 12, 2021
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The chief medical officer of the Yuma Regional Medical Center confirmed that a pilot of a plane that crashed Monday in a San Diego suburb was a colleague. 

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Yuma County residents in the Phase 1B category can make appointments with Yuma Regional Medical Center for a COVID-19 Vaccine. 

Photo by Staff Sgt. Cambrin Bassett

As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Yuma County this past summer and fall, officials at Yuma Regional Medical Center noticed a need for outside help.

Victor Calderón/KAWC

Frontline health care workers in Yuma have begun receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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Yuma Regional Medical Center plans to lay off 34 of its more than 2,500 employees after seeing a significant drop in hospitalized patients, the hospital announced Monday. 


The reason for the change stems from patients receiving more care from outpatient services, according to YRMC. 


"We have proactively taken steps to minimize this impact as much as possible and have worked diligently to protect and support our employees – the people who make all we do possible,” said Dr. Robert Trenschel, YRMC President and CEO.


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While Yuma Regional Medical Center continues to manage an uptick in COVID-19 patient admissions, hospital leadership says it continues to focus on staff safety.  

On KAWC's weekly episode of Arizona Edtion, we asked YRMC CEO and President Dr. Robert Trenschel how it manages to keep staff healthy and safe? He says on-sight transmissions are less concerning than the risk workers face outside the hospital environment.

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Averaging 130 COVID-19 patients on average in recent days, Yuma Regional Medical Center is facing a staffing shortage. 


Yuma Regional Medical Center officials have confirmed the first positive cases of COVID-19 among staff members.

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In light of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to lift the ban on elected surgeries starting in May, Yuma Regional Medical Center will follow suit on May 4, returning hundreds of workers to the hospital in a safe and secure manner, according to Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Trenschel. 


Arizona Edition

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On March 19, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banned all elective medical procedures at Arizona hospitals.  Weeks later, the financial losses for some regional hospitals are stacking up.  In Yuma County, there are 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The relatively small number has the local hospital CEO asking state leaders for some leeway on the ban. KAWC’s Lou Gum reports.


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Yuma County residents have donated in-demand medical supplies to workers at Yuma Regional Medical Center in reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Since Friday, the Arizona Department of Health Services has reported two deaths from the COVID-19 virus, and confirmed virus cases in the state have risen from 104 Saturday to 234 Monday, including 2 presumptive cases here in Yuma County.  At the same time, hospitals are preparing for an expected surge of patients across Arizona due to the virus.

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Although what some local officials have called a "migrant crisis" here in Yuma has subsided in recent weeks, the release of asylum-seeking migrants families that began this spring impacted community resources, including the area's hospital, the Yuma Regional Medical Center.

The Open Enrollment period for Marketplace insurance is only 45 days this year.  Uninsured Yumans only have one day left to enroll.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

YRMC Thanks Families for Donating Deceased Relatives' Organs

Apr 24, 2017
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Yuma Regional Medical Center recently held an event in honor of those whose families chose to donate their deceased loved ones’ organs.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett attended…

Yuma Hospital Camp Mentors Future Healthcare Workers

Jul 25, 2016
Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

The future of healthcare is the focus of a unique camp at Yuma Regional Medical Center. The Volunteer Services Healthcare Career Exploration Camp prepares students for careers in medicine by taking them inside a working hospital. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports.

Border Patrol Agent Shoots Suspect During Arrest in Arizona

Jun 10, 2016

Yuma-A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot a man near the U.S. Mexico Border in Arizona. Few details were released today at a press conference in Yuma.

Yuma Regional Cancer Center Seeks Healing Art Work

May 18, 2016
Stephanie Sanchez

Yuma-A happy environment is a safe environment.

That’s the thinking behind a push at the Yuma’s local cancer center to create a welcoming space for cancer patients receiving treatment. 

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more on the Yuma Regional Cancer Center’s Art Heals project.

iPads Connect Hospice Patients To Nurses

Mar 17, 2016
Kimberly Shea, University of Arizona

End-of-life care is a difficult time for both patients and their families. And if an individual is managing a terminal illness at home, it can also be hard to get prompt medical help. This is especially true in rural areas, where a hospital may be a long drive away.

A professor at the University of Arizona wants to provide hospice patients with better access to nurses.

Kimberly Shea was a hospice nurse for 15 years, providing at-home care to patients with only a short time left to live.

YRMC CEO Dr. Robert Trenschel Highlights Goals For Hospital

Aug 13, 2015
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Yuma-Yuma Regional Medical Center has a new chief executive officer. YRMC's New CEO Dr. Robert Trenschel brings nearly 20 years of healthcare experience and medical management experience.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez spoke to Trenschel about his vision for the future of YRMC.

Daphna McKnight: Buddhist Chaplin at YRMC

Aug 18, 2014
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition – Daphna McKnight is a resident Chaplin at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  McKnight just got her PhD in Religious Studies with a focus on Buddhist Studies.  Her dissertation focused on compassion meditation.  To give us a better idea of what a Chaplin at the hospital does for patients, McKnight starts by telling KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett how she came to become a Chaplin…(originally aired 08/14/14).

New Yuma Regional Cancer Center Opens

Jul 25, 2014
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

July 25th - The new Yuma Regional Cancer Center opened Friday.  KAWC's Maya Springhawk Robnett reports...(originally aired 07/25/14).

YRMC New Emergency Department

Jun 11, 2014

Arizona Edition - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, Americans made 129.8 million visits to hospital emergency rooms.  Many are suggesting the number of visits will go up this year because of more people having insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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Arizona Edition - The clock is ticking for Americans and Arizonans to enroll in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the universal health care law signed into effect by President Barack Obama in 2010.  The deadline is March 31st.  As of the end of February, just under sixty thousand Arizonans had signed up for insurance coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare.  

Yuma Regional Cancer Center Puts on Oncology Symposium

Feb 5, 2014
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Arizona Edition - Yuma Regional Cancer Center put on it’s first-ever Oncology Symposium recently, inviting medical professional and members of the community to attend.  The symposium was put together in collaboration with the Phoenix May Clinic to help educate people on new technologies and medical advances in oncology.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett attended the event and files this report…(originally aired 02/05/14).

City of Yuma

Yuma City Councilman Edward Thomas was critical of city staff for a presentation on health insurance costs during a recent council work-session.  Councilman Thomas requested the staff provide more information on benefits for city employees to discuss at the November 5th council work-session.  The council also approved an agreement between the city and Yuma's hospital.  KAWC's Michelle Faust reports...(originally aired 100313)