The award was made in support of the imaging program for the new Douglas Emergency Department, scheduled to open in April.
The money has been used to purchase a computerized tomography (CT) scanner, in part of TMC Foundation’s mission to provide vital services to medically underserved communities.
TMC and CQCH have been in discussion over granting opportunities to support the Douglas Emergency Department since September 2015, stated Jessica Sterusky, Public Relations Manager, CQCH.
The freestanding emergency department will be a resource to residents, and to City Emergency Medical Services, with the ability to observe patients for 72 hours prior to transporting to in-patient facilities.
“When we keep healthcare local, we keep high-quality, cost effective services easily accessible to our patients, and keep experienced professionals nearby to care for their neighbors and friends,” said Jim Dickson, CEO, CQCH. “This gift from the TMC Foundation is creating a new level of collaboration between their hospital and ours to improve care across Southern Arizona.”
According to Dickson, CQCH has been working to develop additional resources to bring more services to both the emergency department and the Copper Queen Medical Associates — Douglas Medical Complex (CQMA)
“I am heartened to see this support coming to the community to strengthen medical services in this region. Through many meetings I’ve had about health care access in Cochise County, I know well the strains rural hospital services are experiencing,” said U.S. Representative Martha McSally. “Thanks to the TMC Foundation for their generosity. I am pleased to see these entities come together in this creative, collaborative way to ensure the needs of the community are met.”
It was noted that CQMA will continue to offer Quick Care services—non-appointment visits for small illnesses and minor emergencies—following the emergency department’s opening.