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A Texas-based hospital group is building a critically needed community hospital in Yuma and is breaking ground in March on the new facility.

Exceptional Healthcare is building its second Arizona facility in Yuma. The 20,000-square-foot Phase 1 of the facility will be located in the heart of the community just off Interstate 8.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a specialty internal medicine hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a digital imaging suite – including CT Scan, X-Ray, mobile MRI and ultrasound – an in-house laboratory, and outpatient and inpatient hospital beds for acute admissions and overnight observation of patients.

Additionally, in partnership with higher-level hospitals in the region, Exceptional Healthcare will feature a landing area for air ambulances to ensure the fastest transfer of patients needing a higher level of care.

Exceptional Healthcare is already planning for additional facilities in Arizona as well as locations in as many as six other communities throughout the state.

“We are very excited to be entering the Yuma marketplace with the newest Exceptional Healthcare hospital in the state,” said Saeed Mahboubi, Chief Financial Officer for Exceptional Healthcare. “Arizona is facing a shortage of healthcare facilities and professionals, particularly in rural areas and smaller communities in the state. These new hospitals will fill a critical need and help strengthen the state’s overall healthcare infrastructure.”


Neighborhood community hospitals are important because they offer residents of communities without large healthcare resources an alternative to driving long distances — often at times of medical emergency when seconds count. It also provides patients with the ability to stay closer to home for less significant internal medicine-related admissions, allowing patients to be closer to their families and loved ones.

At the Exceptional Healthcare facilities, each inpatient room will have accommodations for a family member to stay the night, as well as high-level concierge-style service. Plans include chef-prepared individualized meal service as well as complimentary toiletries, bath robe, and slippers for patients to increase their level of comfort.

The $18 million facility in Yuma is expected to employ between 60-100 employees, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2022.

Exceptional Healthcare is forging partnerships with medical groups from across the region to best integrate its new facilities into the overall healthcare marketplace and ensure patients enjoy the maximum efficiencies possible as a result of the new community hospitals.

Exceptional Healthcare operates more than a 15 clinics and emergency medical centers throughout the state of Texas. The new Arizona hospitals will mark an expansion of their usual footprint.

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Yuma High School Student Council earned the platinum level award from the Arizona Associations of Student Councils (AASC) for their charity and service contributions during the 2020-21 school year.


The award, which is the highest such honor in the AASC’s award program, was given to 20 schools across Arizona, and required Yuma High to raise charitable contributions or perform service projects in excess of $3,000 and engage in special projects that range in time from more than 300 hours of service time performed.


Some of the special projects included a district-wide charity dance hosted by Yuma High, a holiday toy drive, homecoming profits donated to charity, and other charitable fundraising endeavors.


“I am extremely proud of our StuCo members and feel blessed to have an amazing advisor (Yuma High teacher Silvia Arellano) to support us along the way,” YHS Student Body President Carissa Fijalkowski said. “Our Council has come a long way in the past four years. We went from barely attending leadership activities and doing the absolute minimum for our school and community to not only learning how to be leaders at school, but what it means to be everyday leaders in our own lives. I'm so grateful to be a part of such an incredible organization and to be surrounded by a group of peers who support and encourage other. In other words, to get recognized just feels really rewarding. We are blessed to be able to do what I do.”


It is the first time Yuma High has been recognized by AASC.


According to their website, in an effort to recognize all the outstanding Charitable Contributions and Special Projects of their member schools, the AASC Executive Board has an award program so that any AASC school that applies may be recognized at the annual AASC State Convention for their honorable efforts in these areas.




ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Blackwell hails from Safford, AZ!  In 1993, Jennifer relocated to Yuma to be with her husband, Jeff (a native Yuman!) The two have been married since 1994 and they have a son, Jace, who is a college student.

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