NAH to keep up Sedona Emergency Division for at the very least 5 years
After Northern Arizona Healthcare announced its intention to reevaluate the services it provides in the Verde Valley earlier this summer, the company wrote in a news release on Thursday, October 15, that it would make no material changes to its Sedona for at least the next five years – Will make setup.
“The Sedona campus opened the emergency department 24 years ago in 1996. During that time we have received feedback from residents expressing their great satisfaction with the care you or a loved one received during your time of need,” wrote NAH officials. “In response to these discussions, we are committed to operating the Sedona emergency department for at least five years and acknowledge that Northern Arizona Healthcare is regularly reviewing its services throughout the system. Continuing a positive partnership with the City of Sedona is vital and we look forward to continuing to work together for your health and wellness needs. “
The potential change of location in Sedona came with severe setbacks and community members expressed concern that the emergency services they rely on would depart. Larson Newspapers received numerous letters to the editor from concerned citizens.
“Is NAH a rural community provider?” Wrote Carol S. Ray of Sedona in a letter June 12th. “Does NAH have to meet the needs of rural patients? Does NAH get additional funding for this reason? As a non-profit hospital, is NAH sitting on a huge pot of money? This seems like a very stupid decision that will require more transparency for the community to justify the process of reducing medical care to an area that is likely to generate more financial revenue for the hospital than most of the other areas it operates in is. “
“It’s all about the money,” wrote Doug Bowen, a Sedona resident, in a letter dated June 5. “Northern Arizona Healthcare should have been planning for the future, knowing that funding from large, wealthy donors would end.” The money these donors have given over the past few decades was not intended for the NAH to change the facility to meet a financial need. It was supposed to provide our city with an emergency facility. I’m sure if some of these big donors were still alive today they would withdraw money from the NAH if they knew what is planned. “
“It appears to me while reading [NAH President and CEO Flo] Spyrow’s letter that NAH is doubling its substantial investment in breast care and can no longer tolerate the losses from the emergency room, ”wrote Dr. Neil Singer, Internist, member of the Verde Valley Medical Center medical staff since 1996, a visiting prospect on June 10th. “NAH chooses to use its limited resources either to expand the breast care center or to continue the ambulance service in Sedona.”
“The reason the doctors are not outraged about the possible closure of the emergency room in Sedona is because these employed doctors are contractually prohibited from publicly resisting NAH,” wrote Singer on October 2nd in a guest perspective. “NAH administrators refuse to release their numbers and speak seriously about the Sedona ER closure because they say the closure is off the table.
“It’s off the table because NAH must first develop public support and get public funding for their new projects that will replace the emergency room – the breast cancer center and maybe a wellness center – before they upset the community again with the emergency room closing. ”
In light of these concerns, NAH administrators announced in July that all decisions about the future of the Sedona facility would be postponed until after the COVID-19 crisis ended. However, this latest announcement sets a firm schedule.
“There are no expected changes,” said NAH chief strategy officer Jonesne Jones-Verse on the morning of the announcement in a video call with Larson Newspapers. “We cannot predict the future [but] When we look at what we can offer and what services we offer today, we will continue to operate the emergency department at the level we are at today, unless we can imagine the circumstances. We don’t expect any changes. “
“Qualified personnel, diagnostics, transport services and the coordination of your care with other NAH facilities continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” the press release said. “Since you were satisfied with the service at the Sedona emergency room, we will continue to employ doctors in this Sedona ED.”