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Walking in Beauty at Sage Memorial Hospital

Marsha F. Goldsmith
JAMA. 2002;288(1):29-34. doi:10.1001/jama.288.1.29.
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Ganado, Ariz—As Sage Memorial Hospital begins its second century of service to people here in the heart of the Navajo Nation, this unique facility located on a compound of 110 acres of high desert in northeastern Arizona faces problems unimagined by the Presbyterian missionaries who founded it in 1901. At the same time, a cadre of dedicated health care professionals, augmented by a frequently changing cast of visiting colleagues, offers the 18 000 Navajo people in its service area—1500 sq miles of the 25 000-sq mile reservation, the largest in the United States—state-of-the-art attention to their well-being.

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Poncel Hall, the first home of Sage Memorial Hospital, dates from 1930. It is now an administrative center for the Navajo Health Foundation. Right, Louis A. Kazal, Jr, the hospital's medical director from 1966 to 1999, in front of a mural outside the old gymnasium, now the Wellness Center. (Photo credit: Marsha F. Goldsmith)

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Melinda Begay, MA, left, a medical assistant, with Jean Lu, MD, who is medical director of Greasewood Clinic, a Sage satellite facility. (Photo credit: Marsha F. Goldsmith)

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Brian Johnson, director of the Hozhoni Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, watches young rider Tiyarra Curley and instructors Natanya Tsosie and Mark Maddy as an early morning therapy session begins. (Photo credit: Marsha F. Goldsmith)

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