Recently, family and friends of Bob and Margaret Woodruff, together with members of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation (a member of Dignity Health), the YRMC Foundation Board and YRMC leadership, gathered at YRMC’s new Outpatient Services Building for the dedication of the Woodruff Family Conference Center. 

The Woodruffs moved to the Prescott community in the early 1980’s. Being recently retired, they quickly adopted Prescott as their new hometown and became involved in many local activities. In addition, they volunteered for community service organizations including Friends of the Library, Meals on Wheels, and Yavapai Regional Medical Center. 

Their daughter, Ellen Benson, said, “My mother and father believed that it is through kindness and helping others, using the grace we have been given, that we meet the world in its needs. When my parents decided to include the medical center as a beneficiary of their estate, they did so knowing their gift would be invested wisely.” 

Benson recognized the knowledge and learning that will be shared in the new Conference Center will enrich the lives of the people of our community and is a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Margaret and Bob. 

The Woodruff Family Conference Center is located on the first floor of the Outpatient Services Building West on YRMC’s Prescott campus. The Conference Center, fully equipped with state-of-the-art conferencing technology, includes a multipurpose lecture room, two classrooms and a demonstration kitchen. 

“We’re grateful for this generous gift from the Woodruff family,” says John Goodenow, Director of Philanthropy, YRMC Foundation. “The new Conference Center is the hub of continuing education sessions for YRMC’s staff. It’s also a gathering place for community members to enjoy educational programs – like YRMC’s Healthy Conversations speaker series – participate in support groups and more.” 

To learn more about community education at YRMC or to speak with a YRMC Foundation staff member, contact (928) 771–5686 or, or visit 

Submitted by Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center