• Phone: 928.634.2236
    Fax: 928.634.8960

As the story goes…

A set of parents, fearing their child too optimistic in all things, decided to take him to a doctor in the hopes the doctor could solve his eternal optimism. After a few moments with the boy, the doctor declared he could, indeed, cure him. He ushered the boy to a room in the back of his office-a room filled from ceiling to floor with horse manure. The little boy took one puzzled look the giant pile and then, excitedly, began to climb the mountain of manure and once at the top, began digging furiously, all the while smiling and laughing.

The doctor was flabbergasted.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “I brought you to a room filled with stinking manure and you are having a wonderful time…WHY?”

The little boy stopped digging, and with an ear-to-ear grin, said, “Well, I figure with all this horse manure, there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Perspective is everything. Now…go find YOUR pony today!

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Mental Health First Aid-Arizona Integrated Healthcare

First Aid training is important: from how to treat cuts and burns to the big medical emergencies that require CPR; a knowledge of First Aid can prevent serious illness and save lives.

But what about the situations that no Band Aid or antibiotic ointment can fix? Things like panic attacks, anxiety and other mental challenges that occur every day in homes, workplaces and schools everywhere. Would you be able to come to the aid of a co-worker,  friend, or family member? Would you know the signs to look for? Most people don’t, which is why Mental Health First Aid is so important.

Mental Heath First Aid is a day long course that teaches you how to recognize the signs of distress and help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. At Spectrum, we think the tools taught in this course can help anyone and we provide Mental Health First Aid training all throughout our community and beyond. Regularly scheduled training takes place the first Friday of each month at our Cottonwood location and classes are FREE to attend. Contact Richard Dehnert at 928-634-2236 for more information or if you’d like to bring Mental Health First Aid training to your organization.


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Summertime means warm weather and picnics and BBQs.
Picnics and BBQ’s mean food.
And food left out in warm weather can mean illness.

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans become sick due to a food related illness.  That delicious potato salad can turn on you fast when left out of the fridge for too long. And although it smells terrific, that undercooked burger on the grill could send you to the hospital with vomiting, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. Not to mention a firm resolve NEVER to eat a burger again.

Don’t let that happen to you. Follow these simple guidelines for keeping your food safe:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water before and after handling food and after using the bathroom.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid undercooked seafood, meats, and eggs. For safe cooking temperature, see
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Promptly refrigerate foods that can spoil.
  • Use only pasteurized dairy foods, including pasteurized eggs and egg products.
  • Report suspected foodborne illness to your local health department to help officials identify and stop potential outbreaks. Get details at

Read more HERE to keep you and your family safe while you enjoy the foods you love.

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The first official day of anything is exciting. It’s the day you embark on a new journey and, if the journey has been thought-out and planned and worked on for months and months, it’s hard to keep the butterflies in your belly from doing excited somersaults.

Our new Spectrum Healthcare medical building officially opened on Monday, and by the excitement, you would have thought our butterflies were competing in the Olympics.  To everyone who worked so tirelessly on making this a reality, thank you. To be able to give our patients a beautiful healthcare facility in the heart of the Verde Valley, where both the medical and mental health needs of patients are cared for with kindness and respect, all under roof, is a pretty great thing.

Who wouldn’t get butterflies over that?

(Note: Keep October 9th open on your calendar; we will be hosting a Community Open House and we can’t wait to show you around!)

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Last week’s staff open house, where family and friends could drop in, have lunch, and experience what we’ve been so excited about.



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