The Whiteriver USPHS Indian Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited 40 bed acute care hospital which includes all-ages inpatient care, Emergency Services, OB, and Ambulatory Surgery. The hospital is located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation about three miles north of the town of Whiteriver, Arizona, and serves approximately 18,000 tribal members and other Native American communities around the area. Residents to the southwest are served through the Cibecue Health Center, located fifty miles from Whiteriver.
It is staffed by approximately 25 primary care physicians, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Med-Peds physicians, as well as 9 Nurse Practitioners, 4 Physician Assistants, 2 podiatrists, 1 orthopedist, 1 general surgeon, 1 optometrist, 5 dentists and 79 nursing staff members. We see approximately 177,000 outpatient visits, 40,000 ER visits and have 1700 admissions annually. Whiteriver Hospital has also been designated as Baby Friendly. We have an active teaching program which includes medical students and residents, pharmacy students and residents, as well as nurse practitioner, physician assistant, optometry, dental, laboratory, and physical therapy students.
Whiteriver is located 20 to 30 miles from the resort town of Pinetop where many employees live. Climbing to more than 11,000 feet in the mountains, this region offers a temperate four-season climate that is pleasant year-round. There is easy access to hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, hunting and fishing, or camping in the surrounding national forest.
This is a wonderful population that face many challenges and are in need of loving staff. Whether you are a provider, nurse (especially OB, OR, or clinic nurses!), therapist, or any other allied health profession, your interest in caring for our patients would be most welcome. This is a great place to serve domestically while paying off loans or if you either want or need to work with underserved populations here in the US. You could not ask for a more beautiful place to live or better people to work with. There are many churches in the area where you can plug in and serve.
We can schedule a site visit to meet our staff and explore all we have to offer. Thanks so much for your interest in serving Native Americans!