Dickson (submitted by Daniel Roe)

Jim Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH), is an ideal candidate for the rural health champion award.  His work with the hospital and rural health clinics, and his ongoing commitment to providing the residents of rural southern Arizonan with affordable and excellent healthcare, is innovating and unparalleled.

As Chief Executive Officer, Jim has tremendous responsibility for the hospital’s success, but still manages to take on new projects and give back to his community.   Jim’s work has tremendously improved the healthcare options for the residents of southern Arizona who live in remote areas.  Many of these people do not have health insurance and are not fluent in English.  Under Jim’s guidance, CQCH provides residents with top-notch medical care in their own backyards.

Jim and CQCH have pioneered several important changes and additions.  CQCHs Telemedicine program connects local residents with leading physicians across the state to better diagnose and treat conditions.  The Telemedicine program includes Teleburn, Telecardiology, Teleconcussion, Telepediatrics, Telestroke and Teletrauma.  With Telemedicine patients are able to go to a CQCH hospital or clinic and via video technology be diagnosed without the hassle and added cost of transportation.  This helps patients receive faster treatment in a familiar environment, and without the worry of excessive medical costs.

In addition, Jim and Copper Queen Medical Associates (CQMA) operate three rural health clinics in Bisbee, Douglas, and Palominas.  Each aims to serve all who walk in the door, regardless of their insurance status.  The three clinics also demonstrate Copper Queen’s commitment to providing health services to the underserved populations by offering extended hours (seven days a week in Douglas), a healthcare team with a variety of providers, and on-site X-ray and diagnostic testing.

Under Jim’s supervision, CQCH has also established the Positive Bill program, which recognizes that financial circumstances can often be barriers to receiving healthcare services, especially for rural residents.  This program makes sure that everyone is able to access the care they need by providing as much as a 50 percent discount on healthcare services, offering a sliding fee scale for treatment at clinics, and for those eligible, an option to apply for charity care status to cover hospital charges.

Jim is serving the rural residents of southern Arizona by improving healthcare services, providing solutions to overcome language and cultural barriers, and providing healthcare to anyone regardless of their financial situation and location.  In addition to the changes and additions described above, Jim is diligently working to expand healthcare services in the Douglas area with the recent closure of that community’s hospital.  Jim is passionate about providing quality healthcare to southern Arizona and finds a solution to every problem.  He truly embodies a rural health champion.

For full article please visit:  http://crh.arizona.edu/national-rural-health-day-2015