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Staying healthy is important to maintaining a good quality of life. For residents in Flagstaff, the area is home to exceptional hospitals, specialists, urgent care facilities and fitness centers, all helping treat the mind, body and spirit.

Northern Arizona Healthcare is the largest health care system in Northern Arizona, a region encompassing more than 50,000 square miles. NAH serves more than 700,000 people with a team of 4,000 doctors, nurses and other experts. NAH ranks in the top 20 percent of small health care systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics since 2013.

NAH provides comprehensive health care services through two hospitals – Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center – which have a combined capacity of nearly 400 beds. FMC is the only Level 1 Trauma Center north of Phoenix and is a Primary Stroke Center.

NAH provides outpatient services through 33 ambulatory sites throughout Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Sedona and Camp Verde, including primary care clinics and specialty physician clinics; Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare; Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona – Cottonwood; EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine; Weight Management Clinic; outpatient surgical centers; and provides laboratory, imaging and pharmacy services throughout the region.

With seven helicopters and 15 ambulances, NAH provides emergency transport services through Guardian Air and Guardian Medical Transport.

North Country HealthCare is the primary community health center in the area. In 1991, a small group of doctors, nurses, health and human service representatives and consumers worked together to establish the Flagstaff Community Free Clinic. In 1996 the clinic transitioned from a volunteer organization to a state and federally funded community health center. Today, North Country HealthCare serves 14 communities across Northern Arizona, providing quality medical care to all.

With convenient locations on 4th Street and University Avenue, North Country HealthCare offers primary care, pediatric care, OB/GYN services, dental services and behavioral health services. At the 4th Street location, North Country HealthCare has an on-site pharmacy, which allows patients to pick up prescriptions directly after their healthcare center visit.

North Country HealthCare is a Patient Centered Medical Home, meaning that the organization practices a team-based approach to treating patients. A care team may include a primary care provider, a care manager, a behaviorist and a clinical pharmacist.

For more than 45 years, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics has stood as a regional destination for the highest quality nonsurgical and surgical orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Its leading surgeons practice inside state-of-the art specialty centers, listening, diagnosing and providing answers.

The Summit Center is home to Northern Arizona Orthopaedics as well as Urgent Ortho, a walk-in clinic for orthopaedic and spinal injuries. Complete with a surgery center and experts in casting, bracing and X-ray imaging, Urgent Ortho is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent Ortho works on a first-come, first-served basis.

Committed to providing high-quality health care services to all patients, Flagstaff Family Care Clinic offers two locations (North Beaver Street and South Yale Street) for convenient access.

Keeping patients in mind, the provider now offers early morning and late afternoon hours. The North Beaver Street location is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The South Yale Street location is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Flagstaff Family Care Clinic offers same-day appointments for existing patients. Likewise, patients have access to their medical records, can request prescription refills, schedule an appointment and more through the clinic’s online patient health portal.

As part of the Ernest Health system, Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona provides inpatient rehabilitation services to people recovering from disabling injuries or living with chronic illnesses, such as strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, including hip fractures, major multiple trauma, amputations and neurological conditions.

Services provided at Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona include physician-led patient care team, rehabilitation nursing care, respiratory care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, aquatic therapy, wound care, case management, dietary, pharmacy and pain management.

Patients have access to the latest rehabilitative technology, private patient rooms, a 7,000-square-foot therapy gym, aquatic therapy pool and therapeutic courtyard.

Highly trained and supportive staff works as a team with patients and their family members to create individualized treatment plans so that patients can maximize their recoveries and regain their independence.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona strives to create a healing and nurturing environment for patients that meet their physical and emotional needs.

Sometimes a visit to the hospital isn’t required for immediate medical care. NextCare Urgent Care boasts two locations in Flagstaff (Humphreys Street and Malpais Lane), helping treat minor injuries and illnesses.

The Humphreys Street location is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the Malpais Lane clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Likewise, the Humphreys clinic sees to a multitude of medical services, such as illnesses, immunizations and vaccinations, X-rays, injuries and physicals. The Malpais location offers family medical care, treatment for injuries and illnesses, pediatrics, wellness and long-term care, to name a few.

With a patient-centered approach to medicine, Naturopaths International helps treat the whole patient. Naturopathy is a way of treating conditions by stimulating the body’s natural healing process, by treating causes not symptoms of a disease.

Dr. Brandie Gowey, founder, works with patients to establish a treatment plan that is right for them. Ways to help treat these causes include acupuncture, Taoist acupuncture, homeopathy, proper nutrition, herbal remedies, vitamin infusions and injection therapy.

For patients who are able to heal in the comfort of their own residences or those who need some assistance, Flagstaff offers an impressive lineup of providers, which include Angels Care Home Health, Sugar N’ Spice In Home Care, Comfort Keepers, Nurse Casey LLC, ABRIO Care, ResCare HomeCare and Visiting Angels, Northern Arizona. On top of that, Hozhoni Foundation offers group home care, semi-independent care and home support.

Taking care of the mouth, teeth and gums, dentists practicing in greater Flagstaff put patients at ease when it comes to care for those pearly whites. “From routine cleanings to fillings, Northern Arizona Biological Dentistry; Dr. Stephanie Collins DDS; Country Club Dental; and Dr. Bryan Shanahan, Peak Family Dental Care keep smiles bright and healthy.”

Staying on top of health isn’t complete without the proper fitness regimen. Exercising daily is proven to help overall well-being and is the perfect complement to any health plan. Yoga Revolution, Orangetheory Fitness, High Altitude Personal Training and the Summit are just a few of the options for a daily dose of exercise. ◆ Information in this article was provided by North Country HealthCare, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and Sarah Lancaster.