AALIYAH MONTOYA | DOUGLAS DISPATCH

 

Officials of Copper Queen Medical Associates dedicated the Douglas Medical Complex Physical Therapy building in honor of longtime physician, and surgeon, Jose H Romo, MD, during a private ceremony held Nov. 30.

The 5,000 square foot building opened in April of last year, donated by Tucson Medical Center, in an effort to expand the medical complex’s PT department.

Dr. Romo has served the community of Douglas as a physician for more than 38 years; having received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

He completed his internship at Phoenix Memorial Hospital in 1970, and took his surgery residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio from 1971 to 1975.

Dr. Romo is board-certified in surgery, and has also served on the medical staff at Northern Cochise Community Hospital, and Southeastern Arizona Medical Center.

He became part of the active staff at CQCH in 2000.

In 1998 he was a principal of Copper City Physicians, said Jim Dickson, CEO Copper Queen Community Hospital.

“[With] his wisdom and foresight Copper City Physicians with Copper Queen Hospital purchased the Pep Boys building,” Dickson said. “Remodeling was started and a full service clinic was put in place for people downtown.”

In 2004 Copper City Physicians and Copper Queen Hospital became Copper Queen Medical Associates, a rural health clinic that brought additional federal funding to service the community.

The demand for services from the community was so great, said Dickson, that there were three expansions conducted.

The last expansion of the clinic facilities was completed last year with the Douglas Quick Care.

Through Dr. Romo’s leadership, CQMA was enabled to recruit good physicians to practice with him in Douglas.

When the Cochise Regional Hospital closed he helped plan the Emergency Department that is under construction, and assisted in the leadership to restore services to local residents.

“It is hard to summarize the life of such a dedicated physician,” said Dickson. “He has always been an advocate for his patients and the people of Douglas…This is just some small token of his life of service that we dedicate this building in his honor.”

Hope Thomas, Southern Arizona Hospital Association Director also spoke on behalf of the buildings’ donors.

“My passion for the community [comes with] the luxury to be able to work with people who are so embedded in giving back to the environment that they live in,” Thomas mentioned.

During the ceremony Dr. Romo extended his appreciation, calling it a great honor.

“It has been a nice ride working with all of you,” Dr. Romo said to his fellow staff. “You will always be in my heart.

The Jose H Romo, M.D., Physical Therapy Department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact 520 432-8107.

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