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.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award organization, the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that is evidence-based and focuses on female patient satisfaction. Awarded hospitals ranked above the national average for patient recommendations, as indicated by the data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys.

In order to determine those hospitals to be recognized, the organization uses the most recent publicly available information from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as accreditation information from appropriate sources.

Columbus Community Hospital is located at 1515 Park Avenue in Columbus, WI. For more information visit or call 920-623-2200. For a full list of 2018 Women’s Choice Award recipients visit

FREE CPR and AED training offered June 13

Columbus Community Hospital and Olivet Church are partnering for a free Hands Only CPR and AED workshop on June 13 at Olivet Church, 313 W. Prairie St. in Columbus.

Participants will be educated on the difference between a heart attack an sudden cardiac arrest, see a demonstration of Hands Only CPR and AED usage, as well as get a chance to ask questions. Chris Orange of Lifestar EMS and Dr. Bruce Kraus of Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus will be on hand to discuss the American Heart Association chain of survival and offer insight into what EMS and medical staff will need from you the rescuer.

Two 45-minute sessions will be offered at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
To register or for more information contact Chris DeLapp, Education Manager at Columbus Community Hospital at 920-623-1276 or

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

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.


Join us for a Diabetes and Wellness Support Group June 20

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

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.

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.


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).


Golf Classic

25th Annual Golf Classic
A benefit for the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation
Golf Package includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and pig roast dinner.

 $100/ golfer or $400/foursome

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!