1999 was a year of progress and growth for Payson Regional Medical Center. In the second year of PRMC's affiliation with Community Health Systems the ninth-largest health system in the U.S. the partnership is proving beneficial to the Rim country and its residents.
With CEO Russell Judd at the helm, assisted by an administrative team that includes Assistant CEO Missy Spencer, Chief Financial Officer Debbie Lyro and Chief Nursing Officer Karen Amen, hospital officials sought opportunities to improve and expand services.
Last year, PRMC invested $9,476,775 into the local economy in the form of wages, taxes and purchases with local vendors. PRMC employs 198 full-time and part-time employees and an additional 145 contract and PRN employees, which equals a 1999 payroll of $8,004,317.
Additionally, PRMC invested $1,300,000 in business with local vendors, paid $35,000 in local sales tax and $137,458 in property taxes.
"We are proud of PRMC's accomplishments and contributions to the community," Judd said. "We continue to contribute to the economy of the town as well as improving the quality of lives for the patients we serve."
Through employee recruiting efforts, PRMC helped recruit 25 families to Payson. Additionally, PRMC recruited three new physicians during the year. As a result of this recruiting, the Rim country now enjoys a full-time pulmonologist, another full-time OB/GYN, and a clinic in Heber.
PRMC added several new programs to its list of services.
Bone mineral densiometry produces measurements to detect osteoporosis and monitor changes in bone density. This exam, which only takes minutes and utilizes a CT scanner, is available through PRMC's Diagnostic Imaging Department.
Life Rescue contracted with PRMC to provide seven-day, 24-hour-a-day air ambulance service for the Rim country.
Also, PRMC launched its new maternity program called Tiny Toes.
Tiny Toes is a comprehensive program that guides parents, month by month, through pregnancy. Expectant mothers receive monthly newsletters, Tiny Toes Take-Home Kits, access to our on-line nursery, discounts from area merchants and the annual Tiny Toes birthday party where a $5,000 college scholarship is awarded.
PRMC also launched its Senior Circle program last year. Members, who are age 50 and older, can take various classes such as armchair aerobics, country line-dancing and health-related topics, as well as enjoy potlucks, bingo and travel discounts.
Late last year, PRMC and the Radiology Group were awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology. PRMC, which received a score of 99.5 out of a possible 100 percent, was evaluated in the areas of obstetrical ultrasound, general ultrasound and vascular ultrasound.
"We are extremely proud of our ultrasound team," Judd said. "This is a difficult accreditation, and to achieve a score so high is a credit to their hard work, professionalism and skill level. This rating shows that PRMC's ultrasound program is top-notch and rates as high or higher than other programs nationwide."
PRMC now has 66 beds, a 24-hour emergency and trauma center, an ambulatory service department, diagnostic imaging and laboratory facilities, four operating suites, a recovery unit and a birthing center.
The hospital serves all of northern Gila County as an advanced life support base station and provides medical consultation by phone or radio to 12 medical providers in the Payson area.
Ninety-seven medical professionals and specialists in most fields serve the Payson area, including full-time physicians in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pulmonology, orthopedics, general surgery, ear-nose-throat, urology, pediatrics, pathology, podiatry, cardiology and emergency medicine.
To learn more about the advancements taking place at PRMC, check out the hospital's Web site at www.paysonhospital.com.