Sierra Vista Herald
Christine Steele
Mar 18, 2016

BISBEE — Physicians and staff at Copper Queen Community Hospital got treated to a delicious brunch Friday morning to celebrate National Doctor’s Day.

A doctor’s wife in Georgia came up with the idea for a day celebrating doctors in 1933. The date of March 30 was chosen to coincide with the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. Congress designated the national day of recognition in 1990.

Copper Queen chose Friday, March 18, to celebrate because all of the medical staff would be at the hospital for the monthly medical staff meeting, said Marketing and Public Relations Manager Jessica Sterusky.

“We have doctors here today from our clinics in Douglas and Palominas as well from Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista and Tucson Medical Center,” she said.

Hospital Chef Evan Waters prepared a hot brunch of green chili strada, bacon, sausage, home fries, fruit salad and several different types of croissants, including almond, chocolate, apricot and plain, along with orange juice and coffee.

“The hospital spoils us,” said Dr. Heidi Lodge, who has been with the hospital for eight years and sees patients in Palominas. “They support their medical staff well.”

Dr. Stephen Lindstrom, who has been practicing medicine at Copper Queen for 38 years, added, “it is gestures like this that make Copper Queen a really nice place to work.”

Chef Waters, who has been at the hospital for 11 years, said, “we have done this every year for as long I have been here. It’s just a little extra celebration to honor the doctors.”

Waters also noted that since the beginning of the year, the hospital has served only antibiotic-free meats as part of their Antimicrobial Stewardship program.

“That was something the medical staff decided we would support,” he said. “They decided not to support food and agricultural systems that contribute to drug-resistant microbes, because of the residues. We serve all organic eggs and dairy, and all of our proteins are either organic or grass fed.

“We are doing all local beef and we are buying some produce locally as well. We are keeping money in the community and getting much better, safer products.”

Employees appreciate the hospital’s dedication to health and the public.

“I’m totally committed to this place,” said Kathy Grieser, who has been affiliated with Copper Queen since 1986, first as a nurse, then the director of nursing and now, after going back to school, as a physician’s assistant. “They are caring, committed to the community, and listen to what the community says.”

In turn, the community appreciates its health care providers.

“All of our doctor and medical staff are extremely hard workers and it’s especially important this time of year that we take the time to thank them,” said hospital CEO James Dickson. “Flu season has arrived in Cochise County, making our emergency department and rural health clinics very busy.”

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