Verde Valley Medical Center
From a small outpatient clinic in 1939, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood has grown into a full-service, 99-bed, nonprofit hospital serving North Central Arizona. Four locations serve the Verde Valley and surrounding communities: Cottonwood campus, Sedona campus, Camp Verde Health Center, and Village of Oak Creek Health Center. More than 800 professional and support staff are employed at VVMC. The Medical Staff is comprised of nearly 100 physicians representing 25 medical specialties. VVMC is licensed by the state of Arizona and certified by Medicare. We are a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice.
VVMC is governed by a voluntary board of directors comprised of local citizens representing their local communities. All revenue in excess of expenses is returned to the community in the form of improved facilities, new equipment and services, recruitment and retention, and health education programs. Our vision of VVMC is to be the best regional medical center in the country. This vision is shared by the team of the Board of Directors, Administration, the Medical Staff and our colleagues.
VVMC’s Cottonwood campus is the only facility in the Verde Valley that offers on-site angioplasty and stent placement. Interventional cardiologists, supported by a professional team of nurses and technicians, are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for diagnoses and treatment of emergency and nonemergency cardiac care. VMC also offers cardiology diagnostic studies and procedures, and a cardiac rehabilitation program that provides patients the opportunity to participate in monitored health and fitness sessions.
Medical research shows fewer than 25 percent of hospitals in the United States provide emergency care to heart attack patients quickly enough to meet scientific guidelines for saving lives. Recommended national guidelines for door-to-balloon time (when a patient arrives in distress to when the interventional procedure is started) is 90 minutes or less. VVMC’s door-to-balloon times currently average less than 55 minutes – far superior to the national guidelines.
In the United States, VVMC is one of 20 percent of all hospitals that perform coronary interventional procedures, and one of the few hospitals that perform those procedures with no on-site heart surgery capabilities. Not one of our intervention patients has had to be sent to another facility for emergency bypass surgery due to failed interventional procedure.
In 2008 VVMC was one of only two hospitals in Arizona to receive a national Get With The Guidelines Performance Achievement Award in recognition of treating heart patients according to the most up-to-date scientific guidelines. GWTG is a quality-improvement program that helps ensure the care hospitals provide for coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines. Projections have shown that nationwide implementation of these prevention guidelines, as promoted in the program, could result in saving more than 80,000 lives each year. Although 1,300 hospitals participate in the program, only those receiving an award this year consistently demonstrated at least 85 percent of their eligible patients are discharged following recommended treatments.
VVMC also was awarded the 2007 Employer Excellence Award by the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA). Only one State healthcare facility is honored with this award once every two years for outstanding support of nursing leadership and creating a professional environment of nursing practice, education and excellence.
VVMC’s Medical Imaging department offers a 64-slice CT scanner, the most powerful CT equipment available today outside of research and teaching facilities. The American College of Radiology accredits VVMC’s ultrasound and digital mammography programs. When mammogram results indicate the need for further study, VVMC offers minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsy. VVMC has the only high-field strength MRI in the Verde Valley, providing high definition imaging of all anatomy. The MRI patient monitor increases patient safety during adult and pediatric procedures.
VVMC’s extensive EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine Services department includes physical, occupational, hand and speech therapy. The department features a state-of-the-art, fully equipped gym. The MedTrak Balance Testing and Falls Prevention technology system allows VVMC to evaluate patients with complaints of dizziness, vertigo or lightheadedness. Vestibular testing can precisely pinpoint if the complaint has its origin in illness, injury, the aging process, or another undiagnosed cause.
VVMC’s certified Level One Perinatal Center includes labor and delivery, obstetric, nursery and pediatric units. Board certified obstetricians and physicians are credentialed to provide obstetrical care, and all core staff members are cross-trained to labor and delivery, mother and infant, and the continuing care nursery. All nursing staff members are BLS, NRP and STABLE certified, with approximately one-third of the nursing staff ACLS certified.
VVMC’s Senior Lifestyles unit is the only Arizona geriatric behavioral unit north of Phoenix. Dedicated medical and clinical professionals work together to provide assessment and treatment for seniors experiencing medical and psychiatric conditions. Consistent with a holistic treatment philosophy, the recovery process places equal emphasis on the healing of mind, body and spirit.
The Cancer Center-Sedona Campus offers expert care by board certified radiation and medical oncologists, nationally certified oncology nurses, certified clinical social workers, registered dietitians and professional support staff. The most current technologies and equipment for cancer treatment are offered in a supportive, healing environment. Intensity Modulated Radiation therapy (IMRT) is offered at the Sedona Cancer Center, one of the most precise forms of radiation therapy available, which allows oncologists to better target and increase radiation doses, while minimizing side effects. This treatment has shown results in improved patient outcomes, less chance for recurrence, and increased survival rates.
Portal vision allows the radiation therapist and physician to visualize the patient’s treatment setups in a fraction of the time it took with traditional X-rays. The ability to digitally capture a patient’s setup and adjust as necessary before each treatment is a critical component toward ensuring accurate outcomes. Now, images are evaluated within seconds, and because the digital images are much clearer than traditional film, they allow for more targeted treatments.
Also offered at the Sedona Campus are private practice primary care physicians; diagnostic services including X-rays, CT scans and mammography screening; endoscopy procedures; lab work; and ECG testing. A 16-slice CT scanner offers faster scan times, more accurate diagnoses, and excellent image quality, using the lowest possible radiation exposure.
The Camp Verde Health Center and Village of Oak Creek Health Center both offer primary care, nurse practitioner and specialty physician services. X-ray and laboratory services also are available at the Camp Verde facility.
VVMC is connected via an internet link with the University of Arizona’s telemedicine program. The system allows laboratory consultation using real-time technology, including use of a robotic microscope.
Other services at VVMC include a multiservice, certified clinical laboratory; 24-hour Emergency department with on-site medically dedicated helicopter; perinatal, newborn and parent education services; surgical services; hemodialysis, and a variety of other inpatient and outpatient tests and services. VVMC’s extensive medical library is open to the community. For more information about any VVMC service, call the Marketing and Customer Relations department at 639-6086.