A True System of Care from Jim Bickel, CEO

As I encounter groups and individuals out in the community, I often hear a reference to Columbus Regional Hospital that is then quickly corrected to “Columbus Regional Health.” Some will simply refer to us as “CRH,” which covers either reference. The confusion around this subtle yet important distinction is certainly understandable, given our history as an organization that started more than 100 years ago as Bartholomew County Hospital. In the 1990s, we changed our name to Columbus Regional Hospital, which reflected a wider geographic reach and broad expansion of clinical services. Today, we are known as Columbus Regional Health. It seems like a simple change — perhaps even a bit trendy in nature — yet it holds major significance.

A “hospital” implies a place one goes for treatment or a procedure, or to recover from illness. Our founders devised our mission more than 100 years ago to meet a growing community need. Our hospital is the flagship facility of Columbus Regional Health, and remains core to our mission and vision by providing high-quality treatment across a broad array of clinical specialties with competent, caring and compassionate medical professionals.

The term “health” represents that which is bigger and broader; the definition varies. Health is both something we have and something we seek. People have different wants and needs related to their health depending on where they are in life. Columbus Regional Health intends to not only serve these varying needs but also meet them where they are and anticipate what might be needed at life’s next stage. All this takes a true system of care — one comprised of specialties from birth to end-of-life, and everything in between. It includes not only treatment and care, but also healthy living, disease prevention and education.

Being a health system requires teamwork and partnership across a continuum. Columbus Regional Health is engaged in many projects that support our mission and vision — from one unified medical record system for inpatient and outpatient care to lofty physician recruitment goals to ensure local access to high-quality care and services. These are in addition to maintaining valued partnerships aimed at enhancing the entire region — such as Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Fair Oaks Community Development Corporation. Just as our organization has evolved and adapted from its hospital beginnings, we look forward to building on that history and delivering on our mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve for many years to come.
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    Sep 13, 2023, 19:33 PM by Newton, A.
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    Sep 7, 2023, 14:30 PM by User Not Found
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  • Trauma Nurse Core Course at CRH

    Aug 30, 2023, 18:48 PM by User Not Found
    Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) was developed by the Emergency Nurse’s Association because every second counts when stabilizing life-threatening trauma cases. At CRH we have been offering our emergency nurses TNCC to prepare them with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and training needed to provide high-quality trauma nursing care.
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  • CRH to host third opportunity fair

    Aug 28, 2023, 17:11 PM by User Not Found
    In addition to medical and clinical specialties, Discover CRH showcases the many professional, technical and creative fields and opportunities available at CRH within a variety of fulltime, part time or volunteer positions available.
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  • CRH Nationally Recognized for Stroke Care

    Aug 1, 2023, 17:45 PM by User Not Found
    The Gold Plus designation was achieved by an 85 percent or greater adherence on all safety, quality and care measures for at least two consecutive years. CRH was also named to the Stroke Honor Roll Elite.
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  • Healthy Communities awarded grant for tobacco cessation efforts

    Jul 6, 2023, 14:43 PM by User Not Found
    The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health awarded $200,000 in grant money for community-based tobacco cessation efforts in Bartholomew County.
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