YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Arizona Western College received approval from the city council on the general plan amendment for the potential land use development for a new building.
“AWC and the hospital partnering together not only are they attracting students but once they come to Yuma they’ll fall in love with it and the intention is hopefully they’ll stay in our community to service everybody here so that we don’t have to go out of town to get the medical help that we need,” said city council member Art Morales.
The building would serve as a place to educate young students pursuing healthcare.
It would also be the site of an Institutional Research Program and their Community and Family Residency Program.
“Those young people will be being educated in our building at the same time they’ll be training in this environment the place where they’re going to work,” said DR. Trudie Milner, Yuma Regional Medical Center Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer.
The building is meant to provide various new opportunities, including some simulation experiences.
“We know that sometimes training it’s important in health care to have simulation experiences and this building will be home to a state of the art simulation lab,” said Dr. Trudie.
"It would be a jewel to the community it's going to bring a lot of economic growth it's going to really beautify that area and it's really going to provide all of the medical staff that we need here locally and if people decide to stay its just a bonus for the program," said Morales.
The building would be on the northwest corner of 24th Street and Elks Lane.
YRMC said it would be a first-of-its-kind model in the country.