Wickenburg Community Hospital
Driving our local economy & ensuring accessible healthcare
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 Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH).
“Wickenburg is home to more than 11,300 residents who rely on WCH for accessible, affordable and quality care,” said Jim Tavary, President & CEO of WCH. “Without local access to its services, residents from Wickenburg 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 WCH are equally compelling. As Wickenburg’s second-largest private employer, WCH accounts for nearly 400 direct and indirect full-time jobs and is credited with generating $47 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 Tavary. “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 Wickenburg, where physician retention remains an ongoing challenge.”
Given the outsized role of critical access hospitals in communities and local economies, it’s vital that they receive the support required to continue providing care.
“Residents who live in out-lying areas and routinely commute to Wickenburg 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 Tavary. “If WCH were forced to shut down, there would be a negative ripple effect impacting our entire community, our local economy and our way of life.”