The Phoenix Health Volunteer Center (PHVCC) opened in September 2017, with the hope of expanding the area’s medical volunteer workforce.
Now that the centre is open, there’s no turning back.
The facility is the latest addition to Phoenix’s medical workforce, which has seen a large expansion of its work since the city’s population boom began in the mid-2000s.
In the last five years, the centre has seen more than 50 medical volunteers and its first two year volunteers have all moved on to medical school.
PHVCC volunteers include a number of other health professionals, as well as paramedics, nurses, doctors, dentists, and pharmacists.
“We want to be a place that allows the medical profession to grow,” said Dr John Chaney, director of PHVMC.
“When we talk about volunteer opportunities, there is no shortage.
We’re hoping that by offering opportunities for the community, we can be a resource for the rest of the community.”
The PHVVA also has a number other community initiatives underway.
In 2017, the city hosted its first Volunteer Day, a two-day event to encourage the community to become involved in volunteer programs and to share in the success.
And the PHVVCC has partnered with the Phoenix Area Health Authority to host the PHVA Summer Volunteer program in the spring.
“The PHVVC is the most visible of the volunteer opportunities we have,” said Chaney.
“If we’re able to attract new people to our community, they’ll bring new knowledge to the table, and they’ll also be able to help to support the PHVTAs health and safety team.”
The Phoenix Community Foundation has also helped fund the PHVC, with a grant of $500,000.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says the PHVRC is a unique opportunity for the city, as it brings a range of medical professionals to the community.
“I think it’s really important that there’s a network of medical volunteers in the community because that’s where the bulk of the medical work happens,” Stanton said.
“It’s also where we can provide a really good health resource.”
While the Phoenix Health volunteer centre has been in operation since 2018, the Phoenix VA Medical Care Center (PVMC) was launched in May 2017 and now employs approximately 1,400 volunteer staff.
“At the end of the day, it’s the community that really needs medical services,” said PVMC director of medical services, Dr Andrew Wahl.
“But we have to get there because the community doesn’t have the resources to take care of themselves.”
In 2018, a large number of residents of Phoenix started moving to the new Phoenix City Center.
While the move has seen an increase in activity at the PVMC, the PHCVCC and PHVAA have seen a lot of the residents leaving for other locations, as the city began to feel the impact of the recession.
The PHVA and PVMC are now both struggling financially, and some residents are starting to wonder if they’ll be able take care and support their own families in the future.
“This is the big thing, for the people who have been here for a while, is that the community has been there for you,” said Wahl of the PVCC.
“You can see it in the people.
They’re really happy and they’re doing well.
But when they see the community being hurt and the people moving away, they get really frustrated.”
Dr Chaney said the PHVICC and PVCA are focused on providing a safe environment for people to live in while their families are still around.
“Our job is to get them to where they need to be to be able stay, and we’re doing that with a lot more safety equipment and staff,” he said.
The Phoenix City Centre was designed by local architect, Robert H. Wilson, who worked with PHV, PVMC and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
Dr Wilson said the centre offers a number different opportunities for residents.
“There’s medical education and other health education, there are social activities and recreational activities, and there are many different activities for the kids,” he explained.
“One of the things that I really like about this centre is that it’s so connected to the VAMC, so we get people who are retired from the VA and then there are people who’ve come in from the Phoenix area who have worked at the VA.”
The center has been open for a year, and while the centre’s capacity has been expanded, its main focus has remained the PHVBCC.
But there’s also a new facility that will be coming soon to the Phoenix region.
The city recently announced that the PHVWAN Centre will open in 2019, and its main purpose will be to offer a range the Phoenix community.
For the first time, there will be two locations in the Phoenix metro area.
PHVWANS new location will be the PH