The Northern Navajo Medical Center is commonly referred to as "Shiprock." The Shiprock Service Unit is the largest Service Unit within the Navajo Nation, caring for approximately 45,500 AI/AN (mostly Navajo) patients. This hospital serves as a referral center for many of the smaller health centers within even more remote areas of the Navajo reservation.
There are approximately 75 physicians working at the Shiprock Service Unit, with limited availability of on-site specialty services. The hospital has 55 inpatient beds, an 8-bed intensive care unit, and a daily inpatient census of 40. The daily outpatient volume averages 400 visits per day. Annual obstetric cases are approximately 700-750, and annual emergency department cases average 15,000-16,000.
In Their Own Words
“They have all been wonderful teachers. They have also helped to update our formularies to better serve our patients’ needs. The amount of dermatology I learned in one week with the volunteer dermatologists far exceeded all of my dermatology training during residency. Additionally, BWH volunteer dermatologists have spent over 440 hours providing direct patient care and treated approximately 575 dermatology patients at NNMC since the program began. We have begun a monthly skin follow-up clinic where we manage the treatment of these patients and most importantly, I can now confidently follow these cases over time, and really see how conditions respond to treatment.” — John Mohs, MD Chief of Staff, Northern Navajo Medical Center
“The critical care team from the Brigham came and provided a fabulous intensive workshop on the latest in critical care. Our entire team, including nursing, R.T. and physicians, were able to participate. We were very thankful for their expertise, especially after our recent H1N1 experience” — Shiprock IHS physician
“The recent cardiology visit was instrumental in the development of our new heart failure clinic. We certainly could not have done it without his valuable input!” — Shiprock IHS physician
“Our patients really benefitted from the expertise of the rheumatology physicians who volunteered. The education they provided to our entire staff was also top notch. We are thrilled to be able to participate in video conferencing with them for clinical consultations and educational sessions.” — Shiprock IHS physician