SubmittedBy: Don Decker, YAN Public Relations/News
Administrative members of the Tonto Apache Tribe in Payson visited with YAN Medical Clinic Manager Trudy Clark on
March 3 in Middle Verde.
Tribal Chairwoman Jeri DeCola, Vice Chairman Calvin Johnson, Waylon Quotskuyva and Dawn Manuelito both with the Diabetes program in that community had an opportunity to tour the Nation’s medical center and make inquiries about the specifics of the building such as the room configuration and specific functions of those rooms.
Chairwoman Jane Russell-Winiecki and Vice Chairman Larry Jackson, Sr. also met with the Payson delegation.
In addition, the 2 entities had an opportunity to exchange some information about health care for Indian communities. Mrs. Clark of YAN explained to the visitors some of the unique characteristics of providing medical services to the area. She said that the clinic is opened to non-tribal members from other Nations and some patients come from the Flagstaff and Prescott area for medical care at the Middle Verde Clinic. Over 2,000 patients are carried on the medical care system of the Yavapai-Apache Nation according to Mrs. Clark.
The Tonto Apache Tribe will be seeking technical assistance to begin building their new medical clinic in Payson. Vice Chairman Johnson said that the Tonto Apache community is “self-insured” and that the medical clinic would also be available to all employees of the Tonto Apache Tribe in the future.
Chairwoman DeCola was interested in the operations of the Nation’s medical clinic and exchange of information was shared about billing procedures and the method of payment or services in all sectors of I.H.S., tribal and state government (AHCCCS).
Photo by Don Decker