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Life moves fast, and the older we get, the faster it seems to move. Time spent with work, family, children and the day-to-day responsibilities involved with simply living on this planet means that most of us look at the clock at some point during the day and say in disbelief, “Is it that time ALREADY?” In fact, American moms report having just 36 minutes of free time per day.

So when it comes to making choices in healthcare, it’s no wonder patients opt for convenience. Finding healthcare that fits with busy schedules, yet affords patients the same conveniences they find in other areas of their life, has never been more important. In fact, in a recent 2016 study, researchers, responding to the ever-changing healthcare climate, set out to discover what is most important to consumers when it comes to their healthcare needs. The study focused on people from all walks of life: varied age groups, income and education levels, and ethnicities. In the list of the top three items most important to consumers was, you guessed it, convenience.

In response to a world that moves fast, healthcare organizations are finding new and better ways to meet their patients’ needs, offer convenience, but still deliver value.

At Spectrum Healthcare, we understand this completely.

“Patients, now more than ever, are looking for healthcare solutions that work with their busy lifestyles,” says April Rhodes, Spectrum CEO. “They want speed, efficiency, convenience, ease, and, of course, value. But convenience isn’t all: they want to be listened to; they want to be understood, they want their needs met fully and completely, and they want it done in a timely manner so that they can get back to work, school and life. They don’t want to compromise on care; they just want efficient care.”

“The matter of convenience is important everywhere we go,” April continues, “but nowhere more important than healthcare. After all, being sick means you don’t feel well, and nobody wants to wait to feel better. Patients want what we all want: minimal wait times to be seen, shorter waiting room times and a good availability of appointments. It is essential that healthcare organizations not only listen, but respond to the needs of their community. This is why in 2017, we expanded ALL of our services to ALL of our locations: Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona. It means that no matter what Spectrum Healthcare location you visit, you will be able to access all of our services under one roof: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Counseling. No more driving around to get the help you need; it’s all in one place. We even took it a step further by offering same day appointments, walk-in hours,  and a brand new E-Visit option coming very soon, allowing busy patients to access a healthcare provider via a “virtual visit” from the comfort of their computer or mobile device if they can’t make it in.”

“All these things work together for the good of the patient. The easier it is for someone to access care, the more likely they will continue to seek out care and adhere to their healthcare plan. The fewer obstacles people have to navigate; the fewer hurdles patients have on their path to Good Health, the greater the odds they will stay on the path. And that’s our goal.”

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We are two days away from Monday, August 21, 2017, aka: “The Great American Eclipse.” It will be the first time in 99 years that the eclipse has crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In Arizona, we will see a partial eclipse, with 70% of the sun being covered at its peak. The eclipse will begin about 9am and end around 11am, with 10:35 am being the best time to be outside to see it.

If you plan on witnessing this amazing event, we want you to be safe. Never stare directly into the sun, even if it’s partially covered, as it can cause severe damage to the eyes. The ONLY way to look directly at the sun is through solar filters that meet the worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2. Never look at the the eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or other similar devices, even if you are wearing eclipse glasses. The intensity of the solar rays through the devices will damage the device, the solar filter and most importantly, your eyes.

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Camp Verde Open House Postponed

Dear Community Member,

Due to the poor air quality in Camp Verde as well as limitations to travel ability, and out of respect for the many first responder crews and other support assisting with the Goodwin fire, Spectrum will be canceling it’s Camp Verde Open House scheduled for tomorrow, June 29, 2017.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all of the people being evacuated from their homes and the many different first responders and law enforcement crews that are working to contain the fire and protect the public’s safety.

We apologize for the short notice and will communicate the rescheduled day and time at a later date.

Thank you for your understanding!

April Razo, LAMFT
Chief Executive Officer
Spectrum Healthcare Group
Main: (928) 634-2236

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To say, “It’s a little hot in Arizona right now,” is an understatement. It’s not just a little hot–it’s A LOT hot. It’s a feeling-the-full-force-of-the-sun kind of hot; a sweltering heat that starts early in the day and  remains even after the sun has gone to bed.

With the extra hot days of Summer, it’s more important than ever to take the necessary steps to avoid the complications that hot weather brings.  Without the proper safety precautions, extreme heat can bring a whole host of problems.

To stay safe, follow these hot weather tips:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Even at a cool 70 degrees outside, the interior of a vehicle on a sunny day can easily reach 104 degrees. Never leave children or pets inside your vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay inside as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest part of the day. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks.
  • Check in on family, friends or neighbors who live alone and who may be affected by the heat.
  • Remember your pets to be sure they aren’t suffering from the effects of heat. Be sure to provide them with plenty of shade and cool water.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, choose places to go during the hottest part of the day for relief from the heat: school, theaters, malls, libraries, etc…

If, however, the body overheats, and body temperatures rises causing muscle cramps and profuse sweating,  the risk for heat stroke is high. Heat stroke brings with it hallucinations, confusion, loss of consciousness, and eventually organ damage, coma and death if not treated quickly. If you experience any signs or symptoms of heat stroke call 911 immediately.

Stay cool, Arizona.

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