White Mountain Regional Mecidal Center

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Arizona hospitals are not just essential to the health of Arizona citizens and communities – they are also vital engines of job creation and economic growth. Statewide, hospitals are directly and indirectly responsible for 177,000 full-time jobs and $24 billion in economic impact.

The role of healthcare is especially important in rural communities, particularly those with critical access hospitals like White Mountain Regional Medical Center (WMRMC).

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“The Springerville/Eagar area is home to more than 7,000 residents who rely on WMRMC for accessible, affordable and quality care,” said Greg Was, CEO of WMRMC. “Without local access to its services, residents from Springerville/Eagar and neighboring communities would have to drive long distances see a healthcare provider. This would place an undue burden on thousands of patients and families, and could discourage or delay many from seeking necessary care and treatment.”

From an economic perspective, the contributions of WMRMC are equally compelling. As one of Springerville/Eagar’s largest private employers, WMRMC accounts for nearly 260 direct and indirect full-time jobs and is credited with generating $31 million worth of economic impact.

“A strong healthcare system and access to quality hospitals is crucial to the stability and growth of our economy,” said Was. “In addition to the direct contributions – like jobs and revenue to the state – hospitals play an important role in Arizona’s tourism market, and are directly tied to our ability to recruit and retain medical professionals. That’s exceedingly vital in rural areas like Springerville/Eagar, where physician retention remains an ongoing challenge.”

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Given the outsized role of critical access hospitals in communities and local economies, it’s vital that WMRMC receive the support required to continue providing care.

“Residents who live in out-lying areas and routinely commute to Springerville/Eagar for hospital care often patronize our other services while they’re here – such as grocery stores, restaurants and hardware shops – and are a huge part of what keeps our businesses and economy moving,” said Was.  “If WMRMC were forced to shut down, there would be a negative ripple effect impacting our entire community, our local economy and our way of life.”