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.


Promoting the Benefits of Breastfeeding Through Knowledge and Support

Pictured are Joan Young, RN, FNP, IBCLC, lactation consultant at CCH, and new parents Heather and Mark Solfelt holding their son, Wesley.

By: Patti Walker
Article Featured in Inspire Magazine
Whether she is talking about the benefits of breastfeeding, assisting new moms feeding their baby for the first time, answering questions over the phone, or meeting with mothers and babies on an outpatient basis, Joan Young, RN, FNP, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Columbus Community Hospital, is passionate about her job.

“Breast is best. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding and we learn more every day,” said Young, who has been educating women about the benefits of breastfeeding for over 30 years.

As a lactation consultant Young sees new mothers at Columbus Community Hospital after their delivery. “In the first visit, I ask the patient what their goals are, what they know about breastfeeding, inform them of the benefits to them and their baby, and assist them in feeding their baby for the first time.”

After their inpatient stay, mothers who are breastfeeding meet with Young at an outpatient appointment. From that point, additional appointments are scheduled as necessary and Young is also available by phone. “I have seen patients who have been breastfeeding their baby for 5 weeks to 5 months,” she explained.

Meet our Certified Diabetes Educator

As a diabetes educator, Stacy Biesel, RN, CDE is not only teaching patients about diabetes, she is also serving as a cheerleader, a guide and a support person.

“Diabetes is an American epidemic. A lot of people need help,” said Biesel. “My true passion is dispelling the stigma of diabetes. Patients come to see me and are ashamed, angry, and in denial. I encourage people to be forgiving of themselves, find the positives in their situation, and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, each year about 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, which in 2015 was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. A total of 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older were diagnosed with prediabetes in 2015.

Also in 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes, with approximately 1.25 million American children and adults having type 1 diabetes. The percentage of Americans age 65 and older with diabetes remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).


#IGotMine; Schedule Your Mammogram Today!

Help Us Safe Lives by Participating in #IGotMine

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. 

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer and about 1 in 36 women will die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is associated with increased age, obesity, alcohol use and hereditary factors. Since 1990, breast cancer death rates have declined progressively due to advancements in treatment and detection. 


Stop Addiction - Dispose of unused medication appropriately

Join Columbus Community Hospital and the Columbus Police Department in disposing of unused or expired medications appropriately. Medication disposal boxes are often located in your own community or not far from you. Call your local law enforcement agency for more information about a location near you!


Thank you 24th Annual CCHF Golf Outing supporters

Over 100 golfers showed their support of the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation at the organization’s 24th Annual Golf Classic July 15 at Kestrel Ridge Golf Course in Columbus.

Golfers were placed in three flights based on gross team scores. Prizes were awarded to the top two teams in each flight, as well as the 24th place team overall. Fourteen flag events were awarded. In addition, participants had the opportunity to compete in a putting contest, a beat the pro contest, a beat the CEO contest, and try their chance at four hole-in-one prizes.


Water Birth at Columbus Community Hospital

Heather Kennedy, DO holds Matteo, 4 months old, during a well child visit at SSM Health Clinic in Columbus, WI.
By: Patti Walker
Article Featured in Inspire Magazine

Involvement, the sensation of childbirth, and bonding with her partner, were all things Patty Sanchez-Walker wanted to experience when giving birth to her son Matteo.
"I wanted the opposite of what I experienced when I gave birth to my daughter, Yaritza, 12 years ago when I had an epidural," she explained. "I wanted a natural childbirth with no drugs and wanted to do it myself." 

Sanchez-Walker lives in Burnett, Wisconsin with her husband Rich and three children, including Yaritza, her son Dillon, 11, and Matteo, now 6 months old. "When I found out I was pregnant, I made an appointment with Dr. Heather Kennedy (family practitioner) at the Dean Clinic in Columbus," said San­chez-Walker. "When I explained to Dr. Kennedy what I wanted for my birthing experience, she suggested that I try a water birth." 

World Breastfeeding Week Observed August 1-7

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Columbus Community Hospital is distributing special newborn t-shirts to babies born at the hospital during the month of August. The week, observed August 1-7 each year, promotes breastfeeding infants to improve the health, development, and wellbeing of infants and children, as well as mothers. According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), undernutrition underlies 45% of all deaths of children under 5 annually.


The Importance of Mammograms - A True Life Story as Told by Darlene Marks

At age 74, Darlene Marks had been receiving annual mammograms for years. Being a retired LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), she understood the importance of receiving a mammogram. But in 2014 she put it off.
“I kept telling myself - I’ve got to do it – and then another day would go by,” she explained.

She remembers vividly the day she found the lump. “That day, I was attending a district meeting as president of the Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital. Our speaker for the day was a breast cancer survivor who had started a wig program in her community.”

When Darlene went home that night, the speaker’s words stuck with her. After she took her shower she performed a self-check of her breasts. “I discovered a lump,” she said. “You try to tell yourself that it is your imagination. The location of the lump bothered me, so I asked my husband to check.”