As the Lake Havasu City-Kingman area transitions from a couple of small towns to a bona fide metro, the community’s health care network is graduating to city status, too. More than 200 physicians are caring for the cities’ residents at two major hospitals, and a third hospital is under construction. Kingman Regional Medical Center has been a pillar of the local health community for decades, specializing in cardiology, cancer, rehabilitation and home health and hospice care. Over the years, the hospital has grown along with the city. The 213-bed accredited hospital opened a new $4.8 million imaging center in 2006 to offer services including state-of-the-art digital X-ray and MRI, along with a women’s wing including digital mammography and ultrasound technology.
More than 30,000 square feet of additional expansion is underway, which will include two state-of-the-art digital cardiac catheterization rooms with pre- and post-procedure areas. KRMC isn’t passing their expansion bills along to the patients, though: Inpatient charges for the hospital are roughly of 40 percent below the Arizona average for the same services. The hospital also serves the healthy majority through a 35,000-square-foot wellness center featuring exercise equipment, basketball and racquetball courts and an indoor swimming pool.
In Lake Havasu City, the accredited 138-bed Havasu Regional Medical Center keeps the city in good health with more than 100 affiliated physicians offering top quality care in 27 specialties. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency service and also serves as a base to support and direct first responders, such as fire department and ambulance personnel, who provide health care before patients reach the hospital. The newest player on the Lake Havasu City-Kingman health care scene will be the new Hualapai Mountain Medical Center in Kingman. The $68.5 million, 72-bed general acute-care hospital, which will have the capacity to add 33 beds, is under construction and scheduled to be open by the end of 2009.