TUCSON, Ariz. – Today, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) announced $9,937,500 for the Bisbee Hospital Association to construct an addition to Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Arizona.
This grant comes as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) $129 million investment in Emergency Rural Health Care Grants to improve health care facilities in rural towns across the nation. Bisbee was selected as one of the 172 rural health care organizations to receive funding as part of this initiative to expand critical services.
“Rural hospitals provide critical care and services to small town communities in Arizona and across the country,” said Rep. Grijalva. “I’m proud to support the Bisbee Queen Community Hospital as they expand their facilities and access to quality care for those in southern Arizona. I look forward to working with them as we continue to improve health outcomes for people in rural communities and make certain everyone can receive the care they need and deserve.”
““I am incredibly grateful to the USDA for this generous funding that will allow us to upgrade and expand local access to essential health care services. I want to recognize and thank Danielle Boochever, a board member of our hospital’s Foundation and a registered nurse here at Copper Queen Community Hospital for writing our grant application and working so diligently to secure funding for our region,” said Robert Seamon, CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital.
This Rural Development investment will be used to construct a 27,000 square foot addition that will house operating rooms, pre- and post-operative areas, sterile processing area, and a new inpatient beds unit. Once completed, services will relocate from the current facility, and department areas will be repurposed for outpatient behavioral health care with tele-psych, specialty physician offices, expanded pharmacy, and an educational and training center for staff.
The Bisbee Hospital Association is partnering with other members of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance in support of this project. The project will support the improved health outcomes of the southern Arizona community, facilitate access to local high caliber health care, and create sustainable economic development through quality job creation.