Health care in the Rim Country for 2005 saw the arrival of new physicians and new technology.
Payson Regional Medical Center opened its new imaging center for mammography and other radiology services, and continued to improve other programs to better meet the needs of its patients.
The 32nd Annual Arizona Rural Health conference brought hundreds of attendees to Payson to learn about health-care infrastructure and recruiting medical personnel. The seventh annual Women's Wellness Forum allowed participants to choose from a variety of workshops, including hormone replacement therapy and coping with the aftermath of trauma, and much more.
The annual Health Fair combined with the Care Fair enabling attendees to get their health screenings as well as learn about civic organizations.
Two programs were put in place to help the elderly and disabled. The Guardian Angel necklace program gives homebound residents the ability to remotely call a neighbor or emergency services for help if needed. The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, Inc. brought Project Lifesaver bracelets to the Rim Country. Project Lifesaver uses state-of-the-art technology employing wristband transmitters to locate wandering and lost adults and children.