Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) hosted a grand opening ceremony for the Douglas Emergency Department on March 31.

Douglas is now the first rural city in Arizona to harbor a free-standing emergency department, which opens to patients April 4.

The state-of-the-art facility expands local emergency services with 24-hour registration, eight treatment and exam rooms, one critical care and trauma room, lab and radiology services, Computer Tomography (CT) equipment and a helipad, among other attributes.

During the grand opening ceremony, James Dickson, CEO, CQCH welcomed local dignitaries and thanked countless contributors including Tucson Medical Center, Med-Trans Lifeline,and the Douglas Industrial Development Authority.

In addition, Dickson stated that the completion of the Douglas Emergency Department is one of the most important things he has done in his 40 years in healthcare. He recently received a National Rural Health Care Association Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, for his role in building CQCH and the Douglas Medical Complex.

“This has been a legion of a task for [CQCH] and without the board of leadership we could not have gotten it done,” Dickson said.  

The facility stands as a culmination of a lot of years of planning and a considerable investment in resources, said Dennis Gallus, President, CQCH Board of Directors.

“As such this building is a symbol of our care and concern for the healthcare needs of the citizens of Cochise County,” Gallus stated. “On behalf of the entire board we’d like to congratulate all those who’ve worked so hard to make this vision a reality. We thank you.”

A message from the department’s medical staff was given by Daniel Roe, MD, Chief Medical Officer.

He mentioned that the emergency department will provide a hospital-level of care, with physicians and nurses who have received training in stroke treatment, pediatrics and trauma.

“We have assembled a very good team of physicians who are dedicated to this facility,” said Dr. Roe. “Unlike a lot of remote areas, who depend on erratic staffing from far away physicians or large staffing groups, we’re not using any staffing companies for this facility.”

He continued, “This facility has benefits beyond health care; we’re going to draw back a lot of healthcare employees and also help Douglas attract and retain new community members and new employers. This facility has real measurable economic impact for the community of Douglas.”

This facility will be an imported center of the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program, based in Phoenix,  which works to ensure that rural patients have the same access to quick and appropriate stroke care.

Telestroke services are made possible by inTouch Health endpoints that allow physicians from anywhere in the country to conduct full consultations with patients. Mayo Clinic Arizona currently serves 11 facilities in rural communities around the state.

“We are very proud of, and very energetic to be a part of Douglas,” Dr. Roe said. “We will provide very satisfying high quality care for this community.”

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