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Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital thrives through community embrace

Abrazo Cave Creek notches 2 years of health care service
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When the neighborhood hospital opened near Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road in the summer 2021, it didn’t take long for the first patient to come through the doors at the Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital.

On the day of its second birthday, doctors and staff at Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital treated a wide variety of emergency department patients ranging from strokes to traumas, and even pediatric patients, said Bri Burget, manager of the hospital’s emergency and telemetry departments.

“It was a really busy day. EMS providers from the area brought several patients to our ER, and our inpatient unit also was busy with patients,” she said.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is staffed 24/7 with emergency medicine physicians, Ms. Burget noted.

The acute care hospital at 5227 E. Carefree Highway serves patients of all ages and includes a 13-bed emergency department, eight inpatient rooms, procedure rooms, lab and pharmacy, and on-site x-ray, CT and ultrasound.

“We have a staff that includes Emergency Department/Telemetry trained RNs who are all seasoned nurses in their fields,” Ms. Burget said. “Many of our staff are Cave Creek residents and enjoy being able to give back and work in their community.”

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital thrives through community embrace

Kurtis Bell lives nearby and was appreciative of the hospital staff’s attention and proximity to home after being seen in the Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital ER last week.

“I watched the hospital being built,” he pointed out. “I thought it was awesome because I live less than a mile away, and it’s nice to have something like this close to home.”

More than 6,500 patients were treated Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital in 2022, officials there say.

“Every minute that a patient is in our care they are receiving lifesaving interventions,” said Dr. Sara Beckett, medical director, Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital. “When minutes matter, we are here.”

Hospital staff have worked to develop strong relationships with EMS providers and Town of Cave Creek leaders. Active communication with civic, business and resident groups helps foster service planning unique to community needs.

“This hospital strives to have a collaborative relationship with the Town of Cave Creek and others in the area with its ability to deliver quality emergency and inpatient care close to home, as well as offering health education and screenings for the community,” Ms. Burget said.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is active in the community. It has partnered with Desert Foothills Family YMCA for “Ask-A-Doc” programs, blood pressure screenings and healthcare career days for teens. Abrazo has sponsored cardiologist presentations at Desert Foothills Library, and held AngioScreen heart attack and stroke risk screenings throughout the community.

“One of the things that our patients often mention to us is that they’re so glad that we’re here,” Ms. Burget said. “We have an amazing team and an experienced staff.”

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