Opioid Education Feb. 27 at Olivet Church in Columbus

In just seven days over the summer of 2018, six people overdosed and two died in Columbia County due to opioids.

In response, a special task force was formed to address the opioid epidemic in Columbia County. The group’s mission focuses on education regarding the epidemic, available and needed resources, and what others can do to assist with prevention. The task force, with the help of area parents, students, community members, law enforcement, and medical personnel, created a series of three videos to spread their message.

On February 27 at 6:30 p.m. the Opioid Task Force of Columbia County and the Olivet Congregational Church will host the viewing of the three videos at the church, located at 313 West Prairie Street in Columbus. Adam Tuite, MD of Madison Emergency Physicians and Sheriff Roger Brandner of Columbia County will provide insight into the opioid epidemic and answer questions.

“Olivet Church is committed to providing a space where the whole community can learn more about how the opioid epidemic affects us right here in the Columbus area. We hope to work together with others as we face this challenge together,” said Carol Black, Olivet Church parishioner.

For more information regarding the Opioid Task Force of Columbia County call Emily at 920-623-1222. For more information regarding the Olivet Church or if you require special accommodations to attend the session call 920-623-5140.

The videos may also be viewed by visiting https://www.cch-inc.com/en/opioid-task-force or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusCommunityHospitalWI

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Caring for someone with a chronic illness such as dementia, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's disease or stroke can be physically, emotionally and financially exhausting. Connect with resources, balance your life and take care of yourself.

Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner - a lifelong love of healthcare brings her home

Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner A lifelong love of healthcare brings her home to care for the community

From the time she was a little girl growing up on the family farm, Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Marshall, knew she wanted to be a nurse.

“Whenever we had a down cow, our vet would give them a dose of glucose intravenously, and I would serve as the IV pole,” Kris humored. “Many of my family members are nurses, so it has always been something I have been interested in as a career.”


The BIG Pink Ball Drop

25th Annual Golf Classic
A benefit for the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation
 2 Chances to win with each ball!
1st ball in or closest to the hole: 1/2 the proceeds
Ball farthest from the hole: $500
Max 1000 Balls
Winner Need Not Be Present to Win

Support and guidance offered for cancer patients and caregivers

Two support groups are available to cancer patients and their support persons through Columbus Community Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Cathy Butterbrodt, RNC, CBPN-I; ONC, Breast Health Nurse Specialist and Cancer Navigation Specialist at Columbus Community Hospital coordinates both groups.

Look Good Feel Better, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a two-hour class aimed at teaching women (who are going through cancer) about skin care, make up, wigs, scarves, turbans, and nail care. The session is led by a trained cosmetologist, Brenda Swaagman.

“Each participant receives a kit that is customized to their skin tone,” explained Butterbrodt. “It is a fun laid back class, specific to women who have had or are currently going through cancer treatment.”


Join us for a Diabetes and Wellness Support Group

Our monthly support group is open to anyone interested in learning about diabetes and wellness. Those attending do not need to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The groups meet the third Wednesday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Diamond Room at Columbus Community Hospital. For more information contact Rachel Selm, RDN, CD at 920-623-1293 or rselm@cch-inc.com.

Carol Black receives RWHC Rural Health Ambassador Award

RWHC Rural Health Ambassador Award presented to Carol Black of Columbus Community Hospital

The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) presented the Rural Health Ambassador Award to Carol Black, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, on June 7 at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH).

The award recognizes health care employees at RWHC hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their respective organizations, while making significant contributions to rural health. Each recipient demonstrates a history of fostering positive communication and relations within the hospital's respective service area by: serving on community boards/service organizations; taking advantage of volunteer opportunities; and supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital.


Guardian of Excellence Award for Physician Engagement

CCH’s success relies on engagement from all areas of the patient care team, including the medical providers. In 2017, CCH was one of only five hospitals nationwide to receive the Guardian of Excellence Award for Physician Engagement.

Press Ganey, a leading provider of patient team engagement benchmarks, presented CCH the award in recognition of achieving and maintaining a score in the 97th percentile in the nation in overall provider engagement. The accomplishment places CCH amidst an elite group of 3% of healthcare organizations in the nation.


CCH receives Women's Choice Award

Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) is one of 17 Wisconsin hospitals to receive the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for obstetrics.

“The Women’s Choice Award has identified America’s Best Hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices,” said Rachel Svendsen, CCH Manager of Women’s and Childbirth Services. “Women account for 90% of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their family. We are honored to be among the elite in patient satisfaction in obstetrics.”


Start the year right with these helpful hints from our Nutrition Services team!

Pictured (l-r) Rachel Selm, RD, CD; Sara Zook, RD, CD; Jessica Davidson, RDN, CD; Emily Briggs, MSN, RDN, CD; Stacy Biesel, RN, CDE

The Columbus Community Hospital Nutrition Services team wishes you a healthy and happy 2018. Start off the New Year by incorporating one of these salt-free seasonings to your meals, accompanied by a mocktail.