Sierra Vista Herald

December 19, 2015

by Christine Steele

 

Copper Queen Hospital and Bisbee School District administrators recently toured Bisbee High School to examine the repairs to be done by the hospital at the high school to help them correct health violations found during a recent Cochise County Health Inspection. In the background is one of the gutters at school which the hospital will repair. From left: Guy Shoaf, Director of Facilities and Operations at Copper Queen Community Hospital; Laura Miller, Bisbee High School Principal; Jim Phillips, Bisbee School Superintendent; and Jim Dickson, CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital.

Copper Queen Hospital and Bisbee School District administrators recently toured Bisbee High School to examine the repairs to be done by the hospital at the high school to help them correct health violations found during a recent Cochise County Health Inspection. In the background is one of the gutters at school which the hospital will repair. From left: Guy Shoaf, Director of Facilities and Operations at Copper Queen Community Hospital; Laura Miller, Bisbee High School Principal; Jim Phillips, Bisbee School Superintendent; and Jim Dickson, CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital.

BISBEE — The Copper Queen Community Hospital is partnering with Bisbee High School to help the school resolve numerous health violations found in a recent inspection by the Cochise County Health Department. The partnership is part of the hospital’s Community Health Improvement Initiative, which is required by the federal government.

Environmental Health Specialist Carl Hooper detailed problems, including crumbling faucets, leaking toilets, inoperable showers, dirty drinking fountains and no hot water for showers or hand washing, and more, in a report dated Nov. 10. Hooper arrived at the high school that morning to perform the inspection, which covered the restrooms and showers, the cafeteria, sewage disposal, and water supply. In each of those areas, the school showed at least one or more deficiencies.

District Transportation and Maintenance Director Richard Hodges said High School Principal Laura Miller reached out to the community for help and the hospital stepped forward.

“They volunteered and sent their maintenance people to take a look,” Hodges said. “Their maintenance people are very competent. Everything is dealt with on a very professional level.”

The four major areas that require renovations are two restrooms, including replacement of four urinals, one sink and fixture, plus all of the required hazardous materials testing, demolition and construction to put them back into service, said Jessica Sterusky, hospital marketing and public relations manager.

The hospital is also replacing the hot water circulating pump and installing approximately 1,500 feet of rain gutter to prevent flooding of classrooms. Other repairs include dealing with the hazards of lead paint, said Hodges. With the high school having been built in 1957, lead paint is a given, he said. To demolish a wall with lead paint, certain precautions have to be taken, he explained.

“The hospital paid for all the testing. The testing outfit that came down did extensive testing, and on Monday they are going to start the demolition of that wall with a hazmat contractor,” he said. “I have to show the report was done and who the contractor was who took it out, and I have to know what they did to dispose of the materials,” he said.

The total cost of the repairs the hospital is funding isn’t clear at this point as they are evaluating multiple proposals with a varying range of costs, explained Sterusky. But she said all of the repairs the hospital is undertaking will being completely funded by Copper Queen Community Hospital. Repairs are expected to start Monday with the demolition of the boys’ bathrooms.

“The hospital has been great to work with,” Hodges said. “They have been very good to the school and we really appreciate all of their help.”

Maintenance staff in the district are also working to complete repairs noted in the inspection and many have been completed already, Hodges said. The biggest issue was the lack of hot water and that was resolved when the school installed a new boiler, which was installed two days after the inspection took place, Superintendent Jim Phillips said in a previous interview.

“It was set up to be installed the week of the inspection,” Hodges said. “The School Facilities Board paid for the boiler and they wanted to make sure we were replacing like-for-like,” he said. “Today was the last inspection by our insurance agent to take care of that.”

Other repairs that have been completed include replacing 25 of 26 shower heads in the boys’ shower room. He said it was difficult to find parts for some because they are so old and one can’t be repaired.

Hodges said he was grateful for a tip from a community member who called him to tell him where in Tucson the district could find new plumbing parts for old faucets.

“I really appreciate that kind of help,” he said. “She was right. We got 25 out of 26 showers working by replacing parts. The 26th one needed the entire faucet in the wall replaced.”

He said that would require tearing out the tile and wall, so they are not going to do that at this time.

In the girls’ shower room, he said staff is replacing the entire assembly. They are also buying several new drinking fountains, and the individual on-demand hot water system has been replaced.

“One of the sinks was never plumbed for hot water and they want us to have it, so we did put in an on-demand hot water system but we have to have the electricians come and hook it up,” he said. “Since 1957, it hasn’t been an issue and the plumbing was never there for this (in a work room in the library). Now we are spending $500-600 to put it on an emergency basis.”

He said the library has two bathrooms in addition to the library work room, a women’s and men’s room, and both have hot water.

The school is scheduled for a follow-up inspection at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 15.

“Bisbee High School is an integral part of the community and we are proud to be able to partner with them on providing assistance,” said hospital CEO James Dickson. “Copper Queen Community Hospital is dedicated to the health of the community and is able to provide the repairs through the Community Health Improvement Initiative.”

Currently, the hospital employs 40 Bisbee High School alumni and works with student interns who are interested in learning more about health care careers, Sterusky said.

Any vendors, businesses or individuals that would like to get involved with the hospital’s Community Health Initiative can contact Sterusky at 520-432-6591 or jsterusky@cqch.org.

 

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Copper Queen Hospital and Bisbee School District administrators recently toured Bisbee High School to examine the repairs to be done by the hospital at the high school to help them correct health violations found during a recent Cochise County Health Inspection. In the background is one of the gutters at school which the hospital will repair. From left: Guy Shoaf, Director of Facilities and Operations at Copper Queen Community Hospital; Laura Miller, Bisbee High School Principal; Jim Phillips, Bisbee School Superintendent; and Jim Dickson, CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital.

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