U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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Phoenix Service Unit

Phoenix Service Unit
Phoenix Indian Medical Center
4212 North 16th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Phone: (602) 263-1200

Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Lush golf courses contrast with solitary saguaros. High tech high- rises overlook wide open spaces. The Superstition Mountains jealously guard the secret of the Lost Dutchman gold. You are in the Valley of the Sun, at the heart of Arizona, home to six different Indian tribes.

The Native Americans

Located primarily to the northeast and south of Phoenix are the communities and reservations of the Mohave-Apache, Pima- Maricopa, Yavapai-Apache, Tonto Apache, Yavapai-Prescott, and Tohono O'odham Indians.

Much more urbanized than in other Service Units, each tribe is autonomous and publishes its own community newspaper. Native crafts, such as basketry, beadwork, jewelry, and sand-paintings, are available in tribal cultural centers, as well as the art galleries of Scottsdale. The challenge here is great. A positive attitude will go a long way toward helping others improve their lives.


One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, Phoenix is the base for our Phoenix Area Office and hospital. We serve more than 35,000 Indians within this Service Unit. When the referral population from the Arizona Service Units are added in, a total of more than 70,000 American Indians receive health care from this location.

Phoenix is ideal for families. You can choose from established neighborhoods or sparkling new master-planned communities. Rental, resale, and new homes are available throughout the metro area. Arizona State University is in Tempe, and numerous community colleges are located valley-wide. In addition, several of our Medical Center's clinical departments offer continuing education for the IHS staff.

Phoenix is at an elevation of 1,092 feet, an arid climate with low mountainous areas. Winter, fall, and spring are beautifully mild and sunny; summer is hot with temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. The dryness of the desert tempers the heat, along with the many public pools and nearby lakes.

Best of all, Phoenix is centrally located, making it convenient to cooler climates. Feel the freshness of the crisp pines in Prescott. Head over to Payson for a old-time fiddler's contest. Or see the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West.

For the sports enthusiast, the Valley boasts major intercollegiate competition from the PAC-10, as well as the annual Fiesta Bowl. We're also home to Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, Arizona Cardinals professional football, Phoenix Suns basketball team, Phoenix Mercury professional womens basketball team, and the Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey team. During the spring, many major league baseball teams set up their training camps here.

As you can see, when you live in Phoenix, you have the best of big city and country life.

Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Work with your peers from around the world at this JCAHO- accredited 127-bed hospital. The Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) employs nearly 600 people to provide its comprehensive range of specialty services. These services include anesthesiology, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics- gynecology, family practice, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, optometry, ENT, podiatry, pathology, radiology, psychiatry, physical therapy, and dental services. There are also subspecialties of gastroenterology, infectious disease, pulmonary, and future plans for cardiology.

In addition, care is given through contract health services to Indian people in the farther sections of the Service Unit. The PIMC professional staff also travel throughout the states in the Phoenix Area region, providing consultation and guidance to other IHS hospitals and health centers.

An entire floor of PIMC is devoted to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health on selected diseases of high prevalence among southwestern tribes.

Salt River Health Center, WestEnd Health Station, and Fort McDowell Clinic

Supplementing the hospital's services, these small outpatient facilities are located in areas where transportation is limited. Salt River and WestEnd are 40-hour centers; the Fort McDowell clinic is open 3 days a week

Community Health Services

In a large metropolitan area such as Phoenix, it is vital that we monitor the needs of the tribal communities. Our comprehensive programs include public health nursing, social servics, mental health, substance abuse, health education, environmental health, and nutritional services. Rural communities live in the shadow of big city wealth. Modern cultures impose new standards upon the old. Your vision and commitment to caring will help us meet the changing needs of the Indian people.

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