Story by Andrea Kelly | Arizona Public Media

BISBEE — The hospital in Bisbee opened an expanded emergency room Friday to serve more patients in southern Arizona, including Sierra Vista and Douglas.

Several Southern Arizona hospitals have struggled during the recession. Economic downturn, plus cuts to the amount of money doctors receive when they treat patients on Medicare, and the increased cost of treating uninsured patients in past years, have caused some hospital closures. The Douglas hospital is attempting to emerge from a bankruptcy filling, said Jim Dickson, CEO of the Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee.

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