by Aaliyah Montoya

January 18, 2016

Douglas Dispatch

CQCH provides financial support to allow free medical eye exams, patient education/awareness about eye disease and donated eyeglasses to those who qualify.

The free exams are supported by the proceeds from the Copper Queen Community Hospital’s annual golf tournament.

“This effort by Copper Queen Hospital is part of improving the health of citizens of Douglas,” said Jim Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of CQCH. “Many poor people do not have eye insurance and can not afford glasses, so we have partnered with the Lions Club and the Arizona Ophthalmological Association to subsidize this care and make it available to people.”

The CEO continued, “We can not understand how someone who wants to get a job can not see without getting their glasses, and therefore has no way of getting them.”

One patient, Maria Rita Alvarez, says she was grateful for the free exam.

“I liked the visit a lot,” Alvarez said. “I learned good things for my eyes, and that my glasses prescription is still accurate. That makes me happy and relieved. The personnel were also  magnificent.”

Being one of approximately 60 clinics that are done each year, the AMEU in Douglas screened patients for eye health issues such as diabetic problems, cataracts, and glaucoma.

To learn more about the AMEU, visit

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