Future holds much for VVMC

Staff photo by Angela De Welles

VERDE Valley Medical Center's President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Sinek outlined the future of the hospital Monday morning.

But, it also means about $25 million in costs. The construction could take up to three years, but hospital staff is still excited about the changes to come.

"We're growing so much … the need to expand is there," said Ray Selna, board chair at VVMC.

Selna and others were at VVMC Monday morning as Jim Sinek, VVMC president and chief operating officer, spoke of the hospital's future. He gave attendees an overview of what the next few years hold for VVMC.

Sinek explained how the hospital needs to grow as it caters to the expanding Verde Valley population.

"I think the reputation of the organization is improving," Sinek said.

He explained that even though the hospital is a not-for-profit organization, it still has to make money in order to keep current.

"It's kind of a misnomer," Sinek said of the tax label.

A number of factors have contributed to the changes in hospital care. The lengths of hospital stays are down and that has changed the way medical centers around the country function. Sinek also explained that the number of outpatient procedures has increased in recent years.

Add the factors to the rising costs of healthcare equipment and it's easy to see why many hospitals are losing money.

"It's mind boggling how expensive stuff is," Sinek said.

The staff of VVMC is continually trying to get the word out to the community on what services are available to them. Now going to Phoenix for most medical procedures isn't necessary, Sinek explained.

The VVMC expedition program has been one way the hospital has let the community stay informed. Sinek said the program that allows the public a behind the scenes look at the hospital has been successful so far.

"It's kind of like the Wizard of Oz, pulling back the curtain," Sinek said.

Though Sinek outlined many aspects of the hospital's future, it was the expansion that got the most questions from those attending Monday.

Michael O'Conner, the hospital's vice president of medical affairs, was on hand to help explain the coming renovations.

"This will really make it easier for folks to maneuver through the hospital," O'Conner said of the new plans.

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