On October 1, the hospital was purchased by members of the community and Columbus Community Hospital, Inc.  was formed.  The hospital grew to a 70-bed facility serving Columbus residents, as well as the area and communities surrounding it.


 It became apparent that a more modern facility was needed and plans were made for the construction of a new 68-bed hospital.


On September 30, the Board of Directors formed an affiliation with Methodist Health Services/Jackson Clinic of Madison upon their merger with Madison General Hospital, Meriter Health Services, Inc/Physicians Plus. The affiliation was discontinued in April of 2000.


 A major expansion was initiated, providing newly remodeled facilities for ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation services, and support services.  The addition also connected the physician office facilities with the hospital, enhancing patient convenience and efficiency.