Road construction begins March 6 in Columbus

Beginning March 6, Hwy 16/60 (James Street) between Hwy 73 and River Road in Columbus will be closed to through traffic in order to allow the reconstruction of this section of roadway. This portion of the project is expected to last until July 2017.

Meet Kate Skaggs, MD, OB/GYN

From Midwest living in Wisconsin to the mountains of Colorado, Kate Skaggs, MD, OB/GYN at Columbus Community Hospital and mother of four children and two step-children, has balanced life, family, friends and a successful medical career.

She was raised in Oconomowoc, WI and completed her undergraduate degree, medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Be prepared when crisis hits - visit

Each year millions of Americans resolve to better themselves by making a New Year’s resolution. This year, why not make a resolution to be prepared?

For most, when crisis hits, community members look to those in healthcare, police and fire, emergency medical services, and local utilities to handle the problem. But in the event of a disaster, being dependent on others may not be the first line of defense in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.

“In a disaster, 911 will prioritize calls,” said Karen Sell, RN and Emergency Preparedness Chairperson at Columbus Community Hospital. “There may be trees down, roads blocked, and it could be days before anyone can move or get to you. Those services we take for granted every day may not be accessible.”


Every month is breast cancer awareness month

While October is designated to breast cancer awareness, every month is breast cancer awareness month at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH). That’s why the medical imaging staff at Columbus Community Hospital encourages women to perform regular self-exams, have a clinical breast exam and begin having mammograms at the appropriate age. “If you are 40 and older, we recommend having an annual mammogram and clinical breast exam by your physician or provider,” said Denise Buzzell, RTR, M, CT, CCH Medical Imaging Manager. “And women who are in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam at least every three years.”


ER team receives 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award

The Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) Emergency Services Team recently received the Press Ganey 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award for patient experience. The Guardian of Excellence Award is given to organizations which have achieved and maintained a 95th percentile or higher in overall patient satisfaction throughout a 12-month period. “Delivering consistent high quality patient care is a team sport,” said LuAnn Reuter, RN and CCH Emergency Department Manager. “Our ER team is dedicated and committed to the community. We strive to provide compassionate, connected care.”

Support and information provided through Breast Health Program

As the Breast Health Nurse Specialist at Columbus Community Hospital, Cathy Butterbrodt, RNC, CBPN-I; ONC, regularly answers questions from patients and their families with one goal in mind – to help the patient.

“Breast cancer and even benign breast findings can be very confusing and complicated,” said Butterbrodt. Why do I need chemotherapy? Why do I need radiation? What did I do that caused my breast cancer? I don’t have a family history, so why do I need to even have a mammogram?

Be prepared during an electrical outage - Visit

Be prepared during an electrical outage

Our society relies on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Even some gas appliances need electricity to run. And when a power outage follows another emergency—like a tornado, or winter storm – that makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

“We don't realize how dependent we are on power until we are without it,” says Karen Sell, RN and Columbus Community Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Chairperson. “Sudden power outages can and do happen in Wisconsin. Are you ready?”


Information during an emergency is key - visit

Do you have the ability to receive, understand, and act on information in an emergency?

Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.