Members of the community gathered in Douglas for a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the Douglas Emergency Department on the grounds of the Copper Queen Medical Associates Douglas Medical Complex, 100 E. Fifth St.
“Having an emergency care facility and Quickcare service will serve the residents of Douglas with faster, and often more cost effective, care for illnesses and traumas,” said James Dickson, CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH). “We look forward to continuing the great medical care we’ve been providing this community since 2004.”
In August, the CQCH Board of Directors voted in a special session to build a $6.5 million emergency care facility in Douglas. Dickson said the development and construction of the facility is expected to take six to nine months.
The Douglas Emergency Department will be modeled after successful freestanding emergency care facilities found as near as Phoenix and in other communities around the United States. These emergency departments provide round-the-clock care in a fully equipped setting, including advanced diagnostic equipment along with an onsite lab and observation beds.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has guidelines in place for freestanding emergency care facilities, stating they will be ”an extension of an existing hospital emergency department that is physically separate from the main hospital emergency department and that is intended to provide comprehensive emergency service.” The Copper Queen Community Hospital’s Emergency Department would serve in that capacity to the new Douglas freestanding emergency care facility.
Copper Queen has an active rural health center in Douglas through Copper Queen Medical Associates. In addition to a traditional primary care practice, the center offers occupational health, physical therapy, lab and diagnostic services and Quickcare, an extended-hours urgent care service. Quickcare is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and no appointments are necessary. Radiology and laboratory services are also available.
CQCH is a member of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance, a group of five independent nonprofit hospitals aligned to improve health in the region. Tucson Medical Center is founding member of the alliance.