Tucson Medical Center, the founding member of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance, is committed to working with independent nonprofit community hospitals throughout rural Arizona to improve the health and well-being of their communities.
In December, the TMC Foundation awarded Copper Queen Community Hospital and the Douglas community a nearly $250,000 grant in support of the imaging program for the new Douglas Emergency Department, scheduled to open in April 2017. The funding supports a new CT (computerized tomography) scanner.
With the closure of the Douglas hospital, community members seeking emergency care have to travel to nearby communities – often traveling 27 miles to Bisbee to Copper Queen Community Hospital.
The Douglas Emergency Department will be a resource to residents and to the community’s Emergency Medical Services so that residents can be cared for in their community. The Douglas Emergency Department will have the ability to observe patients for 72 hours prior to transporting to in patient facilities.
By supporting the imaging services program offered through the Copper Queen Freestanding Emergency Department in Douglas, TMC will further its mission by providing vital services to a medically underserved community. Allowing residents to get quality, effective care closer to home will impact the timeliness of care, the cost of care and the overall experience for patients.
“When we keep healthcare local, we keep high-quality, cost effective services easily accessible to our patients, and keep experienced professionals nearby to care for their neighbors and friends,” said Jim Dickson, Copper Queen Community Hospital CEO. “This gift from the TMC Foundation is creating a new level of collaboration between their hospital and ours to improve care across Southern Arizona. “
The Douglas Emergency Department is being built next door to the Copper Queen Medical Associates – Douglas Medical Complex (CQMA). CQMA will continue to offer Quick Care for “no appointment” visits after the Douglas Emergency Department opens for small emergencies and illnesses.
Congresswoman Martha McSally said she was heartened to see the support coming to the community to strengthen medical services in this region. “Through many meetings I’ve had about health care access in Cochise County, I know well the strains rural hospital services are experiencing,” the Congresswoman said, applauding the TMC Foundation for its generosity. “I am pleased to see these entities come together in this creative, collaborative way to ensure the needs of the community are met.”