Over the years, Columbus Community Hospital has had a strong and productive relationship with the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The Foundation is focused on raising funds to help support the hospital and its various programs, including education, equipment and facility improvements.
In 2014, the Foundation worked to streamline its grant writing process, with the Foundation’s Executive Director, Emily Dilley, taking on the main responsibility. This was a huge success, as seven grants were received for a total of $247,700.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with so many different hospital team members to help them receive funds for needed equipment and programs,” said Dilley. “It’s been very rewarding for all of us to see the fruits of our labor. Our patients and the communities we serve are already seeing these dollars at work.”
The largest and farthest reaching grant the Foundation received was the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant given by the national government for $200,200. This grant will allow the Foundation to place up to 150 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in churches, sporting facilities, schools, police, fire and EMS stations/rigs in local rural communities. The Foundation has identified more than 70 locations to receive at least on AED.
“When we applied for this grant, we knew if we received it, we could make a huge impact in the rural communities we serve,” said Dilley. “Knowing just one life may be saved, that’s what really matters.”
The Foundation also received these grants as well:
· $15,000: The ED Grant provided by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health for the CCH Emergency Department’s Appropriate Utilization Program.
· $15,000: The Community Outreach Grant provided by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health for the hospital’s workplace wellness program, Operation Overhaul.
· $10,000: The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant provided by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health for ICD 10 software and training.
· $4,000: The Quality Improvement Grant provided by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health for the hospital’s Fall Prevention Program located on the Medical/Surgical Unit and ICU.
· $2,500: The Global Vision Award provided by the Wisconsin Hospital Association for the hospital’s “Live it! Real Life Nutrition for Teens” Program.
· $1,000: The Health Classrooms Grant provided by the Health Classrooms Foundation for the hospital’s “Live it! Real Life Nutrition for Teens” Program.