Money will go toward the purchase of a new ambulance

BISBEE — In its continuing mission to create medical access for all of Cochise County, the Copper Queen Community Hospital donated $100,000 to the city of Bisbee.

With this money, Bisbee Fire and Ambulance Department will be able to purchase a new ambulance. As it stands, the department responds to various types of emergency situations, which include fire response within the city limits, wildland fires for the Arizona State Land Department, and hazardous material incidents. It also provides Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service, which includes 400 square miles throughout the county as well as interfacility transports from hospital to hospital.

Currently, the department has three ambulance in its fleet.

James Dickson, CQCH chief executive officer, said the funding came from the nonprofit’s surplus, which typically goes back towards the hospital for cost of equipment, renovations, among others.

In FY 2016, CQCH’s gross revenue was $103 million.

Dickson adds the hospital serves the region with its expansion of Copper Queen Medical Associates, which manages rural health clinics in Bisbee, Douglas and Palominas.

“The issue we have here in Cochise County is low demographic, high geographic,” Dickson said. “Our mission at this hospital is that we are able to aid our patients and properly transport them as well. Its reinvesting in our city and care of its residents.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Mayor David Smith and City Manager Richard Marsh joined Burneleit and his team for a check presentation by the CQCH staff and administrators.

Prior to the award, city officials were given a tour of an ambulance the department already have.

“On behalf of the fire department we are thankful for this generous donation by the Copper Queen Hospital,” Burneleit said. “We are excited to purchase a much needed ambulance to complete our fleet.”

Smith agrees.

“It’s great that our city has a common goal to care about the well-being of others, especially when it comes to health,” he said.

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