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.

“Carol has been an employee of CCH for 52 years,” said Heather Alvarez, CCH Laboratory Services Manager. “Throughout this time she has demonstrated her strong commitment to CCH and the community.”

Black began her career at CCH in 1966 at age 23 when she accepted a position as head Laboratory Medical Technologist at Columbus Community Hospital, then located at 633 West James Street in Columbus.

In addition to her efforts in the laboratory, Black has served as a member of the Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital for 50 years, with several years in leadership roles as president, vice president, and gift shop manager.

“Carol is a strong advocate of the Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital and rural healthcare. She understands the importance of the overall knowledge of rural health in general and shares this knowledge with others.” said Patti Walker, CCH Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator. “Carol’s upbeat attitude and commitment to rural health is contagious. She sets a strong example for others to remain positive through the ever-changing world of healthcare.”

Incorporated in 1979, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative receives national recognition as one of the country's earliest and most successful models for networking among rural hospitals. RWHC serves as a catalyst for regional collaboration and as an aggres­sive, creative force on behalf of rural communi­ties and rural health. Owned and operated by 29 acute, medical-surgical hospitals, RWHC offers its members a wide range of shared services that meet local community health needs, including: staffing, consulting, management, networking and education. Columbus Community Hospital is an active member of RWHC; their employees support the shared mission of “strengthening and sustaining rural health”.