Any info on Yavapai vs. Hualapai vs. Kingman vs. Sierra Vista ?

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    wanting to move to arizona for several reasons and have narrowed it down to 3 areas but not easy to get much info on real world experience at the hospitals in each area and wages.

    we have visited kingman & prescott areas several times and like both while seeing each is also unique and just as anywhere else there is good and bad. we have not visited sierra vista (yet) but have read a couple different places where someone said they live in kingman and like it but in hindsight would have gone to sierra vista instead so that is 3rd place we are considering.

    the big question is - does anyone have experience to share regarding working conditions, management, wages, benefits, etc at any of the hospitals in those 3 towns.
    those being
    kingman regional medical center ( krmc ) & hualapai mountain medical center ( hmmc ) in kingman
    2 x yavapai regional medical center ( east & west hospitals ) ( yrmc ) in prescott / prescott valley
    and sierra vista regional health center ( svrhc ) in sierra vista

    i have read up on all the company info, career info at each site, and the pertinent details regarding each area but very hard to get the nitty gritty. i was also interested in the va at prescott too, but it seriously looked like i would have to already be there and be patient for job there so more of a "maybe later" option if i decide on prescott area.

    any info would be immensely appreciated.

    and btw, am i crazy or are we lacking any kind of advanced search method for this vast site? i hope someone can tell me how lost i am on this and show me a doorway to knowledge. lol

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    Well no need to reply about Sierra Vista as we just found out it is a "cancer cluster" site according to the CDC for childhood leukemia and we have a 1 year old and another on the way. Actually the numbers are quite scary considering the CDC negated some of the victims for questionable reasons such as a young girl who was not diagnosed until 2 weeks after moving away from Sierra Vista so they said she doesn't count as not living there when diagnosed.
    It always breaks my heart when children suffer and I wish people would be more open on risk there instead of hiding it for profit such as realtors and city officials there who would rather suck someone in and put innocent children at risk for a few dollars in their pocket and so better able to live in denial and sleep at night telling themselves "other people move here so it must be ok". Much gov't and university info is easily available online though for anyone who is interested, just search for "leukemia sierra vista".
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    Well, I can tell you I have lived in both Northern and currently live in Southern Arizona. I worked at YRMC as a PCT and did student nursing there, but not a RN. As I remember, they were lower in pay and a some people would commute to cottonwood and work at Verde Valley Medical Center. I also worked there as a PCT and did some student nursing there when I was in school. If I had to return, I would work at VVMC over YRMC. VVMC is also the same company as Flagstaff Medical Center, and I think Northern Arizona Health Care is better business wise than the hospital system in Prescott.

    I currently live in Tucson and we have some people who travel from Sierra Vista for work. I've been a RN here in Tucson for 3 years now. I do miss Northern ARizona a lot. I'm thinking of compromising and moving to Phoenix next summer, if there are jobs that will be available.

    If I were you, I would stay away from kingman, and if you move to southern arizona just prepare yourself for a different culture. We're so close to the border down here and the way of life is different. If you can, move to phoenix. Better pay and opportunity. If you can't move there, then move to Prescott.
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    Thanks for the info. I did check up on Cottonwood and Flagstaff and did discover the benifits and pay looked very good but seemed like Cottonwood was secluded, Flagstaff had bad winters, and Sedona road was CRAZY to have to ever drive regularly. As it is I also have to admit it scares me a bit to be somewhere that has only one company as hospital employer. I just like to know I have options even if I never use them.

    If I could tolerate Pheonix heat I would go to Nevada and make more money + no state tax so even more money.

    Can you expand on why you say to stay away from Kingman?
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    I worked at YRMC as an RN for four years before moving out of state (also went to nursing school in Prescott). I had no complaints about it, and if circumstances brought us back to AZ, I would not hesitate to move to the Prescott area again and work at YRMC.
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    Quote from kyzur
    If I could tolerate Pheonix heat I would go to Nevada and make more money + no state tax so even more money.
    No state income tax states almost always offset that lost revenue by having much larger property taxes, so it is not really a benefit if you want to own a home. Oftentimes, the property taxes in states with no income tax are 3 to 5 times higher, so you could pay $2000 a year for a $250,000 home in Phoenix but that'll cost you $6000 to $8000 in a place like Texas, New York, Nevada, etc. Just FYI Good luck with your job search!
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    VERY good point, but not always the case and I have seen even in AZ the property taxes vary from one place to another for no obvious reason. Even though they are supposed to be based on simple formulas it often comes down to the attitude of the assessor and whether they value homes high or low.
    I am not from Texas but I have researched the area and will say the property taxes in areas of low crime that I researched for homes in the 175k - 300k were all comparable to most of Arizona property taxes so again not always the case. Also I was floored by property tax rates in Oregon despite Oregon having the HIGHEST state income tax rate in the nation.
    Seems, we never know anything for sure except that the tax man will always raise taxes and tax just about everything they can.
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    Sorry, I had my sheets mixed up. When I said Texas was comparable to AZ I was mistaken. TX is twice what AZ property taxes are (generally speaking). I meant to say Nevada which also has no income tax is comparable to AZ for property tax. Some states with no income tax DO have high property taxes, but alas so do some states that have income tax. AZ has both but both are low. I just can't find anywhere in NV that is ok weather, crime, COL, etc, so looking at AZ, specifically Kingman, Prescott/Cottonwood areas. Yes I know Kingman is hot but not as hot as Vegas. ANY info on hospitals and living in Kingman, Prescott, Cottonwood, Camp Verde would be appreciated.
    Any info on any other place in AZ with low crime, cheap houses, and less than Phoenix hot wise, would also be appreciated.
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    Prescott is a beautiful area, and I am convinced that the weather there is pretty much close to the most perfect on earth. It has four seasons, but very mild. Summers are hot and dry, but not nearly as hot as Phoenix. Winters get freezing weather and occasional snow, but much milder than Flagstaff, and the snow melts in a day or two. The scenery is beautiful, if you love to hike there are SO many options for gorgeous hiking trails. It's an hour and a half from both Flag and Phoenix, so it's centrally located.

    Housing in Prescott proper is spendy, but the neighboring towns of Prescott Valley and Chino Valley offer much cheaper housing options. Of course, like in Phoenix and Vegas, the housing market took a dump a couple years ago, so housing prices are pretty cheap (we bought our house in 2007 for $303K and last summer it sold for $189K).

    We lived in Prescott (Prescott Valley, more specifically) for 7 years, and left just over a year ago. Our reasons for leaving was - I am a city girl and missed living in a large metropolitan area (and I had NO desire to live in Phoenix) with more cultural diversity, and geopolitically, we didn't fit in very well. AZ is a very red state and most people are extremely conservative politically, and we've very dyed-in-the-wool liberals. I had a very hard time continuing to live there in light of all the immigration reform, and I really disagreed with the way Governor Brewer was taking the state (LOVED Napolitano!).

    But anyway, it's a beautiful area, COL is inexpensive (especially outside Prescott proper) and YRMC is a great facility to work for. So that's my spiel.
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    Quote from klone
    Prescott is a beautiful area, and I am convinced that the weather there is pretty much close to the most perfect on earth. It has four seasons, but very mild. Summers are hot and dry, but not nearly as hot as Phoenix. Winters get freezing weather and occasional snow, but much milder than Flagstaff, and the snow melts in a day or two. The scenery is beautiful, if you love to hike there are SO many options for gorgeous hiking trails. It's an hour and a half from both Flag and Phoenix, so it's centrally located.

    Housing in Prescott proper is spendy, but the neighboring towns of Prescott Valley and Chino Valley offer much cheaper housing options. Of course, like in Phoenix and Vegas, the housing market took a dump a couple years ago, so housing prices are pretty cheap (we bought our house in 2007 for $303K and last summer it sold for $189K).

    We lived in Prescott (Prescott Valley, more specifically) for 7 years, and left just over a year ago. Our reasons for leaving was - I am a city girl and missed living in a large metropolitan area (and I had NO desire to live in Phoenix) with more cultural diversity, and geopolitically, we didn't fit in very well. AZ is a very red state and most people are extremely conservative politically, and we've very dyed-in-the-wool liberals. I had a very hard time continuing to live there in light of all the immigration reform, and I really disagreed with the way Governor Brewer was taking the state (LOVED Napolitano!).

    But anyway, it's a beautiful area, COL is inexpensive (especially outside Prescott proper) and YRMC is a great facility to work for. So that's my spiel.
    I'd kill to move up to Prescott! We go up there any chance we get, multiple times a year. Good to hear you recommend YRMC. If you don't mind me asking, what type of floor/unit did you work on there?


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