Columbus Regional Health

  • Location: Columbus, IN
  • Award: Evidence Based Leadership Healthcare Organization of the Month
  • Awarded: February 2015

Columbus Regional Health serves a 10-county region in southeastern Indiana.  The health system contains more than 2,100 employees, 225 physicians on medical staff and 250 volunteers. Columbus Regional Hospital, the system’s flagship facility, is a 225-bed not-for-profit, providing emergency and surgical services, and comprehensive care in numerous specialty areas. Columbus Regional Health Physicians offers a network of primary and specialty care physicians.

Our vision statement: “To be your health and wellness partner for life,” reflects our mission of improving the health and well-being of the people we serve.

We began our journey with Studer Group just over 10 years ago, and since that time some of our health system’s designations and awards have included national recognition for quality patient care – winning the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize, the highest quality honor awarded by the hospital industry – and patient privacy, receiving the Privacy Excellence Award from Fairwarning Inc., a national leader in patient privacy monitoring. Other recognitions include listing in Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals, and being named a top hospital by US News & World Report. We’ve also been named one of the top five most beautiful hospitals in America.

As the face of healthcare changes, Columbus Regional Health is not content to be a top Indiana healthcare provider. Our team is redefining what it means to provide the best in healthcare on a national level too. We have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for outstanding patient-centered medical home practices.  Our patient experience results consistently rank in the 75th percentile or higher. Our culture inspires us to stay abreast of the newest medical technologies and procedures, and to strive for constant improvements. Columbus Regional Health received Baby-Friendly status, Commission on Cancer national accreditation and NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) reaccreditation in 2014. And we have been awarded one of the best places to work seven times in nine years by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The story of how the Columbus Regional Health family handled one of the biggest disasters we’ve faced in our history reflects our values and commitment to our community. On June 7, 2008, Columbus Regional Hospital experienced a disaster on a scale few other hospitals have survived - a flood of historic magnitude severely damaged the hospital, prompting the evacuation of 157 patients, and forcing us to close our doors for the first time in our 90-year history. The flooding caused more than $180 million in damages and destroyed several critical functions, including our laboratory, pharmacy, information services, food services and mechanical and electrical systems.

Our commitment to patients and each other held steadfast during the hospital closure as our physicians and staff spread out into the community to care for patients at area hospitals, serve at community centers, and help not only Columbus Regional Hospital but the entire city of Columbus recover and rebuild from the devastating flood. On October 27, 2008, less than five months after the flooding, we opened the doors to our new and improved facility and renewed our commitment to serving the families of our region.

Now, we are excited to embark on another stage of growth as we expand our Emergency Department and Cancer Care Center, and construct a new larger loading and receiving dock.   Construction began in early 2015 on the new Emergency Department, which will more than double the square footage of the current space.  It will be a two-story building which will have the Emergency Department on the ground floor and a clinical decision unit on the second floor.  The clinical decision unit will be for patients who need to be clinically observed by a physician while waiting on test results and do not require inpatient hospitalization. 

Work began in early winter to expand the Cancer Center, adding more than 5,000 square feet to the existing center space. The expanded Cancer Center is anticipated to open in the summer of 2015.

We are honored to be named as the Studer Group Healthcare Organization of the Month for February as the designation reflects the passion and talent of the employees, physicians and volunteers at Columbus Regional Health and our mission and values as a system.

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