Sierra Vista Herald
A busy year of expansion and remodeling,
with the best still ahead
Ranked 21 among the largest employers in Cochise
County, the Copper Queen Community Hospital
has shown remarkable growth and investment
in the past year.
With a new and expanded medical complex in
Douglas, a regional clinic in Palominas and a
renovated hospital in Bisbee, Copper Queen has
demonstrated impressive growth in the number of
patients it now serves.
Copper Queen has 189 full time equivalent positions
and continues to expand to meet demand
for medical services at all three of its facilities, according
to CEO Jim Dickson.
Speaking to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce
earlier this month, Dickson said Copper Queen
Medical has hired 15-20 of the employees from Cochise
Regional Hospital who abruptly lost their
jobs when that facility closed earlier this year.
Dickson also presided over a grand opening for
the Douglas Medical Complex on Oct. 1, featuring
service additions including Douglas Quick Care
and a new Physical Therapy module, which was
donated by the Tucson Medical Center. Despite
the complex’s grand opening, the facility’s lot has
yet to be completed. Dickson announced Copper
Queen’s plans to build a $6.5 million free-standing
Emergency Department, which will break ground
on Nov. 12.
“By the time we’re done, Douglas will have one
of the most modern up-to-date health care delivery
systems available,” said Dickson. “We’ve started
recruiting specialists like an Endocrinologist,
and Orthopedic Surgeon from TMC. That’s the
strength of putting our two communities together
and getting a larger market to bring people into
In speaking to the Douglas Chamber, Dickson
emphasized the growth of the community hospital.
The CEO said there will also be a heliport at the
new emergency department.
“When we are done Douglas will have the most
cutting edge health care delivery system of anybody
in the United States,” Dickson said. “You’ll
have the ED, there will be specialists. You’ll also
have the Quickcare clinic where you can walk in
at a reasonable price and be seen.”
Dickson said of the 50 percent who actually do
need to be seen in the emergency department, approximately
10 percent are admitted.
Dickson assured the chamber members to not
worry about their health care.
“We’re on top of it,” he said. We’ve been doing
it since 2002. Some of our doctors have been here
37 years. … We’ve been growing at 20 percent per
year for the past four years. There’s a reason for
that because we care. … Calm down in Douglas
because you’re going to get the best health care
you can get. I will wager you the health care will
be better than what you had.”