Pascua Yaqui Tribal members currently navigate between various buildings dispersed across their reservation in Pima County, Arizona, near Tucson, for various medical and social services. But that’s all changing. A new, unified 100,000-square-foot building will combine psychological, general health, and specialty services — including cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, hanger, JVN retinal imaging, nephrology, orthoplus, podiatry, rheumatology, wound care and more.
“We have been planning this new facility for several years,” said Raquel E. Aviles, MHI, associate director of health for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. “Having a new facility to help us adapt to rapidly changing healthcare systems will be more efficient for our providers and more convenient for our members.”
“Also, having the leadership with the vision to embrace innovative thinking to bring to fruition the ability to provide the many health and social services that we have available from a new building will benefit our Tribal citizens,” Aviles continued.
The 13,000-member Tribe recently broke ground on the single facility with an 18-month timeline. The forthcoming Pascua Yaqui Health Services Center II, slated for completion in late 2020 or early 2021, will also feature a café and covered parking with solar panels.
An estimated 200 people will staff the health facility. The Pascua Yaqui Tribal government is the largest employer on the reservation. In addition to a smoke shop and artisan shop, the Tribe operates successful gaming and hospitality enterprises that draw patrons to the stunning Sonoran Desert, and empower the Tribe to fund the development of infrastructure and critical health services for Tribal members.
In recent news, this summer, Casino Del Sol completed a 9,600-square-foot expansion to its existing Conference Center, and its sister property, Casino of the Sun, just opened a brand-new event center, the Sunset Room.