Residents of Flagstaff rest easy knowing they’re only a few minutes from one of the region’s most progressive health-care centers. Since it was founded in 1936, Flagstaff Medical Center has been taking care of the community. Today, FMC is a not-for-profit hospital that is dedicated to treating all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Key services that FMC offers include a regional trauma center, open-heart surgery, high-tech imaging, a cancer center, surgical and orthopedic services and others. The hospital provides 270 inpatient beds, cared for by 190 physicians. FMC offers specialized women’s, infants’ and children’s services, and mothers have come to trust the hospital with their and their children’s health care needs: More than 1,650 babies are born each year at FMC. Women also count on FMC as a center of excellence for breast cancer treatment. In fall 2006, the hospital’s cancer center opened the Breast Cancer Resource Center for women who have been diagnosed with the disease. The center offers education, resources and support services for patients and their families. Services include one-on-one breast surgery preparation classes, help in navigating the health care system, breast prosthesis and a comprehensive library with personalized assistance. Patients can also attend support and therapy programs. In the realm of technology, FMC took a giant leap forward in January of this year when doctors performed their first surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgery system. The $1.5 million system makes surgical procedures minimally invasive using a micro-camera and tiny instruments that give the surgeon 360-degree access to the surgical site. The surgeon controls tiny incisions and movements from a digital console a few feet away from the patient. The smaller movements mean less trauma to the patient and faster recovery times, which advance FMC’s ultimate goal of patient-friendly care.