The Sierra Vista Herald

BISBEE — The Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is supporting the expansion of outdoor physical fitness opportunities for Cochise County residents by partnering with San Jose Peak, LLC, new owners of the Turquoise Valley Golf Course, located in Naco.

“Turquoise Valley and the Copper Queen Community Hospital are beacons of light in Cochise County and vibrant businesses in our area,” said Bob Barnes, who with business partner Dave Cartun purchased the Turquoise Valley Golf Course this summer. “The community thrives when businesses work together as a team to improve the quality of life for its residents.”

“Working with the Turquoise Valley gives our community five miles of outstanding outdoor recreation to walk the course,” said Jim Dickson, CQCH president & CEO. “Exercise is the best way to leverage chronic disease, and in addition to the course in Naco we are also putting in exercise trails in Bisbee and Douglas.”

The Turquoise Valley Golf Course has been the location – now for the seventh year – of one of the hospital’s most important fund raising events. This year’s tournament, set for Friday, Nov. 6, will support Copper Queen’s many wellness programs across Cochise County.

Copper Queen Community Hospital has a rich heritage dating back to the 1880s when it operated as a part of the mining community. The 14-bed acute care critical access hospital is one of four hospitals in Arizona recognized as a 100 Top Regional Hospitals. The Copper Queen Community Hospital is considered among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for its innovative use of technology and access to specialty services through its comprehensive telemedicine program. Expanding the hospital’s outreach to the region is the Copper Queen Medical Associates group, which manages Rural Health Clinics in Bisbee, Douglas and Palominas/Hereford. To learn more about CQCH, please visit www.cqch.org. Call us: 520-432-5383; Visit us: 101 Cole Ave., Bisbee, AZ 85603.

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Turquoise Valley Golf Course was founded in 1908 as the Warren District Country Club to serve Bisbee. In 1936, a Works Progress Administration project relocated the golf course to Naco. Turquoise Valley has been featured in Arizona’s Greatest Golf Courses, by Bill Huffman, and Off the Beaten Cart Path, by Dave Marrandette, two books focused on quality golf courses that embrace the spirit of this great game. The Southeast Arizona Traveler has named us southeastern Arizona’s top rural course and it was selected by ESPN as a Regional Qualifying Site in their National Two-Ball Challenge. Turquoise Valley remains a welcoming environment for golfers of all ages and abilities, as evidenced by our selections as one of the Top Ten Beginner-Friendly Courses in the U.S. by the National Golf Foundation. In 2015, the San Jose Peak, LLC, purchased Turquoise Valley. For more information, visit www.TurquoiseValley.com.