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CCH earns ninth straight ‘A’

Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their records of patient safety and how well the hospital protects patients from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Their Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D or F grades. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent. The results are free to the public and are released twice per year.

CCH has earned an “A” grade for nine consecutive scoring cycles, maintaining a “Straight A” record. For more information on CCH’s grade or to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

Traffic enforcement campaign successful

The Columbus Police Department recently completed a week-long specialized traffic enforcement campaign. This campaign coincided with National Teen Driver Safety Week in an effort to raise safe driving awareness and reduce accidents involving teen drivers for the month of October. The campaign was deemed a success as the monthly average was reduced and the department saw only one minor injury accident involving a teenage driver.

During the campaign, officers issued a total of 58 written warnings, 23 citations and made six arrests with the majority of these arrests stemming from drug violations.

The police department received a grant from the Nebraska Highway Safety Office in the amount of $3,500 to pay for the additional officers needed to conduct the campaign.

Memorials given to PCHS 

The following memorials were received by the Platte County Historical Society during the month of October 2019:

• In memory of Robert Behlen by Sherri Brakenhoff, unknown, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walgren

• In memory of Debra Blaser by Sherri Brakenhoff, Colleen Willman

• In memory of Robert Coffey by Audio-Logic

• In memory of Fern Evans by Wilma Arp, Carol Foster, Todd and Carrie Trofholz

• In memory of Bill Ingold by Todd and Carrie Trofholz

• In memory of Lorene Kallenbach by Audio-Logic

• In memory of Dolores Kallweit by Carla Behle

• In memory of Bernie Kratcky by Todd and Carrie Trofholz

• In memory of Dick Micek by Todd and Carrie Trofholz

• In memory of Tom Molczyk by Jim Marak

• In memory of Charles Mullenhoff by Audio-Logic

• In memory of Iver Nore by Audio-Logic

• In memory of Bob Nyffeler by Todd and Carrie Trofholz

• In memory of Pat Reardon by Audio-Logic

• In memory of Francis Sand by Chuck and Nancy Gonka, Theresa Kumpf, Larry and Jane Zach

• In memory of Don Schuafelberger by Dave and Norma Duren, Jerry and Glenna Engdahl, Gail Wurdeman

• In memory of Pat Zuerline by Ruth Brichacek, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walgren

CCH Foundation receives memorials

The Columbus Community Hospital Foundation received the following memorials from Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2019.

• In memory of Debra Blaser by Robert and Elizabeth Blaser

• In memory of Gerald Bond by Betty Stalker

• In memory of Mary Gatzemeyer by Jay and Amy Engel, Jeff and Rosemary Engel, Marlene Engel

• In memory of Anita Jarecke by Chris, Amy, Liz and Liam Blaser; John Bremen and Lara Frohlich; Bernice Busteed, James DeStefano, A. George Gebauer, Jill Hoff, Carol Keller, Norman and Lalyn Kenyon, Clint Kucera, Deloryce Kucera, Glenn and Arlene Loseke, Lillian Martin and Joe Dzikas, Harry Selph, Aleksan Tokatlyan, Colleen Tsao

• In memory of Leola Mae Mark by Frederic and Katrina Spies

• In memory of Dr. Clyde Medlar by Ron and Ann Ernst

• In memory of Myrna Meyer by Brad and Heidi Meyer, Kim Meyer, Jerry and Lavonne Schultz, Velma Shupe

• In memory of Joseph Stavas by Marie Stavas

• In memory of Barry Wilke by Lyle and Jaci Vancura

Alcohol compliance conducted

GRAND ISLAND -- During the evening hours of Friday, Nov. 1, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Polk and York counties.

In total, 42 businesses were inspected. One of those businesses, in York, sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of two percent.

All 12 businesses inspected in Polk County checked ID and refused to sell alcohol to a minor.

The business that sold alcohol to a minor was Chances R Restaurant – York (checked ID, sold to minor).

This operation was possible thanks to a grant from Region V Systems. Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


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