BISBEE — The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) awarded Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) its rural hospital operating license at the state’s annual inspection. The hospital was recognized for receiving no deficiencies during that inspection, and was accommodated for the facility’s Quality Assurance program.

AZDHS is the regulatory bureau for Arizona hospitals and clinics, and responsible for a comprehensive yearly on-site inspection to ensure the facilities are meeting all licensing rules and regulations. During the inspections, AZDHS representatives review all records and data including: patient charts and outcomes; and, hospital policies for administration, human resources, emergency services, surgery, inpatient services, laboratory, radiology and clinics. To ensure they meet the requirements, hospital leadership incorporate AZDHS regulations into the hospital Quality Assurance program so they could be tracked and monitored on an ongoing basis.

“It is very rare that hospitals receive “No” deficiencies on a state inspection; and then gain the recognition our hospital was given a special accommodation for Quality Assurance,” saidCQCH Chief Executive Officer Jim Dickson. “We thank our staff for their hard work to prepare for the inspection, and their ongoing efforts to maintainAZDHS compliance and outstanding patient care.”

Dickson said two of his leadership team — Medical Director and Chief Operations Officer Daniel Roe, MD and Administration Manager Analise Harris — deserved recognition for their work to prepare for the inspection. And, a special BBQ is being held on Wednesday, July 29, for all hospital personnel in recognition of this accomplishment.