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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Phoenix Area

Fort Yuma Service Unit

Fort Yuma Service Unit
P.O. Box 1368
Yuma, Arizona 85364
Phone: (760) 572-4100

Fort Yuma Hospital

Undulating sand dunes dot the horizon. The mighty Colorado River flows down to Mexico. A thriving community is enhanced by its colorful past. Step from one century into another and back again. This is Yuma, the desert country of the Quechan and Cocopah Indians.

The Quechan and Cocopah Indians

The Qeuchan Reservation consists of 45,814 desert acres along the Colorado River in California's Imperial County, just outside Yuma. The Cocopah Reservation is comprised of 1,772 acres near Somerton, AZ, a small town south-west of Yuma.

Seed-gathering tribes centuries ago, the Cocopah and Quechan are now contemporary, English-speaking Indians. But a few of the old ways linger. Traditional tribal members still practice cremation of the dead, which includes the burning of property belonging to the deceased.

The cultural experiences are deeper here. Even the native language bears linguistic similarities to the ancient Aztecs. It's a different world with varied and exciting career possibilities.


The Fort Yuma Service Unit is located on the Quechan/Ft. Yuma Indian Reservation and serves approximately 2,434 tribal members. This site gives residents of both the Quechan and Cocopah tribes access to our facilities within one hour. The facility is right across the river from Yuma. A small, family-oriented city, Yuma offers a good choice of housing and shopping centers, as well as recreational and educational opportunities. In addition to elementary and high schools, Arizona Western College is based here, and extension courses are available from Northern Arizona University. The municipality also includes an airport and a Marine Corps air station.

An arid desert climate with an elevation of 141 feet, Yuma is an area of extreme temperature variations. Mild most of the year, Yuma experiences hot summers. This is tempered by the abundance of lively water sports on the Colorado River and nearby lakes.Join vacationers from all over the country as you enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and waterskiing. Be adventurous and take a ride over Yuma's famous sand dunes. Or venture into the old Territorial Prison and see how the Wild West was tamed. Head south of the border to a quaint Mexican village. Spend a weekend by the ocean in San Diego, just a few hours away. If you are seeking to leave the anxieties of urban life behind, the Fort Yuma Service Unit offers you fulfilling work in a comfortable community.

Ft. Yuma Service Unit

While other health professionals are bound to market trends and profit centers, you can focus your skills on helping others. The services we provide here include general medical, ambulatory, pediatric, community health, preventative health, and mental health. Dental care is also available, with one dentist on staff. Special ambulatory services are provided on-site by IHS staff based in Phoenix or private contract specialists. Obstetric patients and those requiring surgery are referred to the Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC), in Yuma, or to Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC), in Phoenix. Ground and air transport are available for emergency care.

Community Health Services

The impact of old and new traditions often lead to dysfunctional social and health practices. Your dedication is a vital component in community health care. The services we offer include public health nursing, nutritional services, social services, mental health services, substance abuse, health education, and environmental health services. You are drawn by the lore of the Indians and the lure of the old West. We invite you to become a member of our health team. As you gain the respect and trust of the people, you will feel a subtle change in your life, as well.

Current Projects

Quechan Indian Tribe - Ft. Yuma Proposed Water Storage Tank Environmental Assessment
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