DOUGLAS, Ariz. (August 12, 2015) – To accommodate patients needing medical services, the Copper Queen Medical Associates (CQMA) Douglas Medical Complex expanding the Quickcare hours to provide increased access to physicians and medical providers.
Quickcare will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and no appointments are necessary. Radiology and laboratory services also will be available.
Since the Douglas hospital closed, more than 500 patients have been seen at the Douglas Medical Complex, a 35 percent increase in patient visits since the clinic’s opening.
“Copper Queen Community Hospital is now the only acute-care hospital left in Southeast Arizona and we take that community responsibility very seriously,” said Copper Queen Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Dickson. “Through our Copper Queen Medical Associates practice, we expanded all our ancillary diagnostic services in Douglas and spent $5 million in increasing the capacity and scope of services to reach near the emergency room level.”
“We found that the urgent care, known as “Quickcare,” here is better equipped to treat the majority of illnesses and injuries previously seen in an emergency room setting,” Dickson explained. “Urgent care saves patients time and money and allows those truly emergency medical needs to have quick access to the life saving resources they need.”
According to new guidelines on medical care services, the population served formally by the Douglas hospital and Copper Queen Community Hospital is around 40,000. Under the new movement to support an increase in outpatient care from acute care the recommendation is one bed for every 6,500 people in the population.
The Bisbee’s hospital leadership recognized this trend and have actively invested in resources to address the ambulatory care market, opening and expanding three rural health care clinics seven years ago. The Copper Queen Community Hospital is now 95 percent outpatient and diagnostics and only 5 percent acute-care.
Dickson said matter-of-factly that hospitals failing to make this transition will close. We have prepared for this day to be the primary care health care system for southeastern Arizona, serving Douglas and Bisbee and Sierra Vista.
Copper Queen Community Hospital has a rich heritage dating back to the 1880s when it operated as a part of the mining community. The 14-bed acute care critical access hospital is one of four hospitals in Arizona recognized as a 100 Top Regional Hospitals. The Copper Queen Community Hospital is considered among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for its innovative use of technology and access to specialty services through its comprehensive telemedicine program. Expanding the hospital’s outreach to the region is the Copper Queen Medical Associates group, which manages Rural Health Clinics in Bisbee, Douglas and Palominas. To learn more about CQCH, please visit www.cqch.org. Call us: 520-432-5383; Visit us: 101 Cole Ave., Bisbee, AZ 85603.