Arizona Health Collaborative

copper queen community hospital

Copper Queen Community Hospital has a rich heritage dating back to the 1880s when it operated as part of the local mining community. The 14-bed acute care critical access hospital is one of four hospitals in Arizona recognized among the 100 Top Regional Hospitals. CQCH offers a full range of services, including a Level 1 Trauma Center.

CQCH is considered among the top five percent of hospitals nationally for its innovative use of technology and access to specialty services through its comprehensive Tele-Medicine 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/Hereford.

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James J. Dickson, Chief Executive Officer

James J. Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH), located in rural Bisbee, Arizona. He is the 2011 winner of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award. Dickson also recently received honors from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and has been twice named the Outstanding Rural Health Professional by the Arizona Rural Health Association.

Dickson has served for the past six years as a member of the Arizona Hospital Association Board of Directors and is a past President of the Arizona Rural Health Care Association. As CEO of CQCH for the last 16 years, he has overseen the hospital’s expansion from a struggling facility to a profitable and nationally recognized rural health care network that includes the three largest RHCs in Arizona.

Dickson has held administrative positions at hospitals of 220 to 449 beds in Illinois, Ohio, New York and California. He has spent the past 18 years working with critical-access hospitals, including CQCH.