Posted by Max Parrill
While rates of diabetes are high and increasing among the general American population, the disease is especially prevalent among Native Americans, and particularly so among American Indian adults in southern Arizona, where rates are just over 29 percent. With almost one in three individuals suffering from diabetes, the staff of the existing Fort Yuma Indian Health Center knew they had to address this problem head-on during the design of the new 76,000sf clinic to be located in Winterhaven, California.
The original program for the building called for spaces dedicated to diabetes prevention and education, such as a demonstration kitchen and office space for counselors, but the facility leadership knew they needed to take a more assertive approach and adopt a Chronic Care Model that would guide the design of the entire outpatient facility with a 22 exam room outpatient clinic at its core.
Working closely with facility staff, the Dekker/Perich/Sabatini design team developed a clinic concept that emphasizes staff collaboration and integration of services to support the Chronic Care Model. The primary care department is divided into two sub-clinics, with one adopting a diabetes-specific care oriented mission.
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Fort Yuma Health Care Center floor plan highlighting - clockwise from top left - Office Provider, JVN-Tele Room, Dietician Educator, Patient Room, Specialty Care / Wound Care, and Podiatry exam rooms.
Fort Yuma Health Care Center will serve the Cocopah and Quechan tribes near the Arizona-California border. It will replace the existing health center, with construction currently underway. To learn more about the facility, visit the Fort Yuma Health Care Center project page.