Aug 082014

By Tammy Gray

A new healthcare facility in Holbrook, initially designed to serve county employees, is now open to the public.

The High Desert Healthcare clinic is the result of a partnership between Navajo County and Summit Healthcare. The county is providing the clinic space, as well as utilities and maintenance, while Summit supplies equipment and personnel. Initially, the clinic was conceived to offer county employees easier access to physicians since the county’s new insurance plan is closely tied to Summit Healthcare, but the idea expanded to create a facility that will also serve the needs of local residents.

Assistant Navajo County Manager Homero Vela previously explained that in order for the clinic to succeed financially, it would require the support of both county employees and the local community.

Space for the 5,000-square foot facility was made available due to construction of a new public works complex on the west side of Highway 77. The newly remodeled building includes multiple exam rooms, a procedure room and a laboratory, as well as office space for doctors and nurses. A fitness center is planned for the adjacent office space, but will be limited to use by county employees.

The clinic opened on July 1 to county employees, and on Aug. 6 to the general public. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for scheduling appointments. Physicians are available on a more limited schedule, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays.

Five different family physicians will be available on a rotating basis, with a different doctor visiting each day. The current schedule includes Dr. Darrel Brimhall on Mondays, Dr. Larry Nichols on Tuesdays, Dr. Sean Smithson on Wednesdays, Dr. Dallas Peterson on Thursdays and Dr. Chad Brimhall on Fridays. Saturdays will be covered on a rotating schedule.

In addition to general practice physician services, the clinic offers lab services, as well as drug testing, and sports and commercial driver’s license physical examinations.

The healthcare facility is located just south of the main Navajo County Complex, to the east of the racquetball courts. It can be accessed by turning east off of Highway 77, and then turning south on the first road located in the complex. A series of signs have been put in place to direct traffic to the facility.

For more information, call 524-4495, or go online to