Hagel dinner a success

COLUMBUS -- The Chuck Hagel Legacy Dinner held Sept. 22 at Scotus Central Catholic was attended by more than 300 guests.

The event provided Scotus with the opportunity to raise funds for the new STEAM Lab and honor one of its most distinguished graduates, former U.S. Sen. and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a 1964 graduate.

The dinner itself had net proceeds of just over $7,770, and to date 95 donors have provided a total of $273,645.50. That brings the current fundraising total for the STEAM Lab to $281,416.66.

The Scotus lab will feature equipment for 3-D printing, robotics, cyber security, biomechanics, graphic design, virtual-reality devices, drones, video production, audio production and a variety of material and experimental supplies. Scotus also expects to work in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s STEM program to develop the curriculum and provide teacher training for the lab.

Hansen receives ACHE honor

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Community Hospital President and CEO Michael Hansen was recently honored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) at the organization’s annual meeting in La Vista.

Hansen, a fellow of the college, received an ACHE Recognition Award for his contributions to the field of health care management, as well as his volunteer service to the Nebraska and western Iowa chapter of ACHE. Members are chosen for recognition based on their volunteer activities, which show a commitment to leadership and professional excellence.

Hansen has been president and CEO of Columbus Community Hospital since 2009. He was appointed to the Nebraska Board of Health by Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2016 and made chairman of the board of the Nebraska Hospital Association that year.

Hansen is also actively involved with the organization’s Heartland Healthcare Executive Group, an independent chapter of ACHE. He was president of the group in 2014, when it received ACHE’s Award of Chapter Merit for its commitment to educational and networking events that advance the field of health care management.

CCH Foundation receives memorials

COLUMBUS — The following memorials were received by the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31:

In memory of Evelyn Bruegger, Evelyn Bruegger family and Marlene Wilke; In memory of Leon Fickel, Bernice Busteed; In memory of Mildred Heibel, Marlene Wilke; In memory of Cynthia Irby, Richard Breuer; In memory of Mark Johnson, Jodi Bakenhus, Kathy Johnson, Linda Johnson, Cindy Niedbalski and Susan Swievczek; In memory of Diane Keeshan, Robert and Chris Markham; In memory of DeLellis “Dee” Luchsinger, Richard and Hazel Saalfeld; In memory of Mary Jane Mueller, Marlene Wilke; In memory of John Oehlrich, Marlene Wilke; In memory of Nancy Powel, anonymous; In memory of Kasimer Zaura, Carol Keller; In memory of Rev. Dr. Paul Rowoldt, friends and family; In honor of Amy Blaser, Carol Keller; In honor of Carol Keller, anonymous.

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