Our Story​

Ajo Community Health Center dba Desert Senita Community Health Center has evolved from a hospital and outpatient facility which was run by a large mining company until it ceased local operations in 1986. Following the mine closure, the hospital closed and the outpatient treatment facility relocated to the mine’s former single men’s dormitory, in a more central area of the Ajo community. The health center was then run by hospital management organizations hired by the mining company for a few years, prior to becoming an independently-run facility in the late 1990s.

Today, Desert Senita is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center delivering comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. We live by our mission by providing quality, local, affordable health care for all.  We provide services regardless of patients’ ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale.  

In 2017, we expanded our mission to the Arizona City community.    

In 2018, we completed a multi-phase remodel project which included a new lobby, pharmacy, expansion of exam rooms and overall remodel of the health center in Ajo.  

In 2020, we started new construction project that includes a brand new health center to expand access of our fully integrated primary health care services in Arizona City.  

Our Leadership

Our Desert Senita leadership team has several combined years of experience in the healthcare industry.  

Jonathan Leonard, Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Jeffery Lavoy, Chief Medical Officer

Sherry Henley, Chief Financial Officer

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