The Surgical Center opened in 2016 and has expanded to meet the needs of the community.
It has been nearly a decade since Wickenburg Community Hospital Foundation launched the capital campaign to build Wickenburg Community Hospital’s Surgical & Diagnostic Center. The 10,500-square-foot Surgical Center was designed with patient comfort and staff efficiency in mind. The color palette is warm and comforting to reduce patient feelings of anxiety and stress.
The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostics and two operating theaters, and the post-operative area has skylights offering natural light to help ease feelings of intimidation that often come with surgery.
The Foundation raised more than $7 million for the construction of the Surgical Center, which accommodates both routine procedures and more complex surgeries.
Surgical Center Providers
Our highly-skilled board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Robert Ripley, MD, FACS, consults with patients about symptoms, performs surgeries, and aids in the recovery process. He provides expert care for a host of conditions requiring outpatient or inpatient surgical intervention. Common operations and procedures include colonoscopy, hernia repair, gallbladder removal, and surgery for colon and breast cancers.
Total joint replacement surgery is also performed at the WCH Surgical Center by Mitch Wagner, MD. Kevin Redus, PA, and Dr. Wagner work with patients to recommend the best treatment options to decrease pain and improve quality of life. In addition to joint reconstruction/replacement, WCH orthopedic services include fracture and trauma treatment, and non-surgical joint pain reduction interventions.
Recently WCH expanded services with the addition of several specialties. Jason Rovak, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand and microvascular surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. John Kowalczyk, DO, FACOS, is a urologist specializing in prostate cancer, incontinence and urodynamics, and male impotence. Michael Purnell, MD, FAAOS, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee injuries.
Our Gratitude to You
The addition of the Surgical and Diagnostic Center would not have been possible without the generosity of local non-profit organizations and individual donors. Visit our Donor Recognition page to see the names of all those who contributed to the Center. Their generosity allows WCH to better serve patients in our community much closer to home.