Columbus Regional Hospital exterior at night

About Us


Improve the health and well-being of the people we serve.


Our vision is to be your health and wellness partner for life.

We will achieve our vision by always:
- Caring for you and our community with compassion
- Connecting you to the best health resources
- Excelling in all we do

Senior Leadership

Jim Bickel
President & CEO

Steve Baker
Executive VP, Chief Operating Officer

Grant Byers,
Executive VP, Chief Financial Officer

Tom Sonderman, MD
Executive VP, Chief Medical Officer

Staci Glick
Executive VP, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Julie Abedian
Executive VP, Chief Community Impact Officer

Ben Caughey
VP, Medical Practice Operations

Jennifer Dunscomb
 VP, System Quality & Patient Safety

Heather Hubbard
VP, Revenue Cycle

Annette Jobe
VP, System Finance & Business Planning

Lee Kiser, MD
VP & Assoc. Chief Medical Officer, CRH

Dave Lenart
VP, Strategic Facility Planning & Operations

Rachel Reed, MD
VP & Assoc. Chief Medical Officer, CRHP; Chief of Staff

Nikki Walke
VP, Hospital Outpatient Services

Board of Trustees

Donald Michael, Chairperson
David Doup
Zack Ellison 
Kevina Schumaker
Frederick Shedd, M.D.
Donald Trapp

One clear purpose — to provide the absolute best in patient care

Columbus Regional Health is a system serving a 10-county region in southeastern Indiana.  We hold a more than 100-year history as the local, independent healthcare provider in our service area. Columbus Regional Health contains more than 2,400 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 health system is pleased to offer one, unified electronic medical record system, Epic, for inpatient and outpatient services.

As the face of healthcare changes, Columbus Regional Health aims to not only maintain our status as a top healthcare provider in Indiana, but our teams are achieving what it means to provide the best in healthcare on a national level, too. IBM Watson Health named Columbus Regional one of the 50 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care for 2020 and again in 2021. We have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for outstanding patient-centered medical home practices.

We have a history of numerous distinctions, including the AHA Quest for Quality Prize. Our culture inspires us to stay abreast of the newest medical technologies and procedures, and to strive for constant improvements. Columbus Regional Health also maintains more than 40 diverse accreditations and certifications for quality, safety and security, privacy and patient experience on an annual basis. 

About Columbus

Columbus, Indiana, with a population of about 45,000 is known for artistic and architectural appeal. Columbus is ranked sixth in the nation for Architectural Innovation and Design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington DC.

The community is home to seven buildings designated as National Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service and most of structures in the downtown are on the National Register of Historic Places. Columbus is proud to be a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike, and strives to be the best community of its size in the nation.

Our Flood Story

Aerial view of CRH during the flood of 2008

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 over $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. Watch our story of how we responded to a crisis and renewed our commitment to excellence in the aftermath of the flood.

Today, we are stronger and more committed than ever to the core value of Columbus Regional Hospital - to be the best in the country at everything we do.