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About the Foundation

Hospital Foundation

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Incorporated in 1951, Columbus Regional Health Foundation today works through public awareness, building community partnerships, and raising charitable contributions for community health initiatives and innovative Hospital-based projects that promote excellence in patient care. With total assets over $10 million, CRH Foundation is a key fundraising partner for vital community resources including REACH Healthy Communities and Volunteers in Medicine clinic.


To improve the health of the people in southeastern Indiana by actively raising charitable contributions to support Columbus Regional Hospital healthcare initiatives and to provide financial support and promote advocacy for REACH Healthy Communities and Volunteers in Medicine clinic through public awareness, philanthropy, and stewardship.


Ours is a healthy community where every citizen is cared for and shares in the responsibility of making a difference.

Programs & Services Support

As a key fundraising partner for vital community resources including Columbus Regional Health, REACH Healthy Communities, and Volunteers in Medicine clinic, CRH Foundation works through community partnerships and charitable contributions to support these areas.


CRH Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for people in Bartholomew County and the surrounding area, paying special attention to the needs of the underserved. We also seek new financial resources and philanthropic leaders to support our efforts to improve the health and wellness of future generations.

2015 Community Grant Requests

Each year, CRH Foundation raises funds for and awards more than $400,000 to Volunteers in Medicine clinic, about $250,000 to REACH Healthy Communities Action Teams, and nearly $250,000 to Columbus Regional Health projects.  In addition, we have modest resources available to fund community requests for work that is consistent with the priorities of REACH Healthy Communities and Columbus Regional Health.

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Board of Directors


  • George A. Dutro, Chair
  • Amy Kaiser, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Thomas D. Harmon, Past Chair
  • R. Todd Bergman, DDS
  • James D. Bickel
  • Loretta Burd
  • Lisa A. Duret
  • Zack D. Ellison
  • Gary Felsten, PhD
  • Jacqueline Franz

  • Jack Hess
  • Douglas J. Leonard
  • Rick T. Merkel
  • William M. Nash
  • Suzanne S. Rentschler
  • Susan E. Sawin, DDS
  • Thomas A. Sonderman, MD
  • Christine M. Vujovich
  • Marwan Wafa, PhD

Foundation Staff

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  • Julie Abedian, President
  • Lesli Gordon, Senior Development Officer
  • Cheryl Pollert, Development Support Associate
  • Vicki Roth, Bookkeeper
  • Stephanie Strothmann, Database Specialist
  • Amanda Virostko, Grant Writer/Analyst
  • Rebekah Walsh, Senior Development Officer

Honorary Life Members

  • Kenneth L. DeLap
  • Barbara A. Kirr
  • Lynne M. Maguire
  • Donald L. Michael
  • Kevina A. Schumaker
  • Gregg T. Summerville
  • Donald W. Trapp
  • Laurel A. Weddle

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