Latest news from CRH Foundation

June 2019

New Treatment and Support Center at CRH

As part of Columbus Regional Health’s commitment to the community’s health, a new Treatment and Support Center (TASC) will be opening its’ doors to patients on July 1, 2019.  With the help of a national grant and $2 million pledge from the CRH Foundation, CRH purchased the medical office building on 22nd Street near the intersection with Midway Drive, formerly occupied by Southeastern Indiana Gastroenterology. 

CRH and CRH Foundation leadership teams have been working with Ascension Recovery Services, an industry leader in clinical recovery services and program development consulting over the past year to develop TASC.  Together, they have developed an evidence based program, which includes trauma-informed care and mindfulness-based practices to best serve the patients who are suffering from substance use disorder. 

TASC is a voluntary outpatient-based therapeutic treatment program for patients and their loved ones in Bartholomew County and surrounding areas.  Before participating in the program, patients will be screened to determine their level of care and guided toward the more appropriate treatment options.  There will not be detoxing or residential treatment at this facility.  The program participants will have gone through those levels of care with other providers.  Once those patients complete those initial steps, TASC will support them and their loved ones on an outpatient basis.   The program consists of comprehensive psychosocial services, including:

  • Individual counseling,
  • Group counseling,
  • Behavioral health therapies,
  • Medication-assisted treatment,
  • And family support services.
To participate in the TASC program, abstinence from all drugs and alcohol is required.  Patients will be tested for alcohol and drugs very frequently, randomly, and subjectively.  No one who is actively using drugs or alcohol will be permitted to participate in this program.  If a patient tests positive, it is a sign higher care is needed and they will be referred to a facility and assisted with the admissions process into the facility.

Partners in Generosity: Sherm and Jacquie Franz

Sherm and Jacquie Franz have been long-time supporters of the Columbus Regional Health Foundation (CRHF).  Jacquie headed the Foundation as President from 1996-2000, and also was Co-Chair of Healthy Communities Council (HCC) in 1996 and has had ongoing leadership roles in HCC.  Sherm was the former CRH Chief Medical Officer and one of the founding physicians at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), now VIMCare Clinic.  Both Sherm and Jacquie were instrumental in the early days of VIM, and today they continue to offer their gifts of time, talent and resources to VIMCare and other CRHF supported activities through annual, planned and legacy gifts.  We took a moment to get their thoughts on the importance of leaving a legacy.

What do you value about work supported by CRHF?

We support CRHF because of its continuing and effective commitment to access, to innovation and to addressing the community’s emerging issues.  The Foundation is instrumental in enabling the healthcare for all Bartholomew County residents through programs like VIMCare, Proyecto Salud Promotora and Medication Assistance.  The Foundation also funds innovation (such as piloting diabetic coaching in primary practices) that significantly improves health outcomes.  We appreciate the support CRHF has provided Healthy Communities to address our community’s addiction crisis, which resulted in the formation of ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress) Bartholomew County.

What is the benefit of legacy planning?

Legacy planning gives us the opportunity to share the spiritual and historical aspects of our lives.  It is a reflection of our core values and provides a way to pass those values on.

Why did you elect to include CRHF in your legacy planning?

We come from a tradition of tithing, giving 10% of our income to charity.  Throughout nearly 60 years of marriage, our primary philanthropic focus has been in the area of health, education, and social justice.  We appreciate the positive impact the Foundation makes in the community and we have been long-term supporters, so it was a natural fit for us to include CRHF in our legacy plans.

What would you like others to know about the importance of legacy planning?

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy gift to organizations and institutions that have meaning and worth to you.  The process of engaging in legacy planning can be deeply rewarding as you reflect on your life’s work and your spiritual values.

March 2019

2018 Reverse Raffle to benefit VIMCare Clinic

Thank you to all who supported the 23rd Annual Reverse, “Wouldn’t it Be Nice”, to benefit VIMCare Clinic!  $176,745 was raised at the event to help those who are uninsured or underinsured in our community and we could not have done this without your help.  Your support allows for VIMCare to continue the critical “wrap-around” services they provide for vulnerable patients including:

  • Behavioral Health: Did you know 40% of the patients VIMCare serves come in for behavioral or mental health needs?

  • Case Worker Services

  • Financial Navigator

  • Translation Services:  Did you know that VIMCare offers translation services to all of their patients?  The device is called Martti and it calls a translator who talks with the patient and VIMCare staff in real time, helping address the patients’ needs on the spot.

  • Co-pays for medications and medical specialists

Your generosity makes a difference!


Pedaling for Parkinson's
Parkinson's Disease is a neuromuscular degenerative disorder related to dopamine underproduction.  While there is no know cure for Parkinson's, research has shown forced intensity exercise is a know benefit.  However, availability of specialty classes and experienced trainers are few and far between.  Fortunately, a local gym, Trionic Functional Fitness, has offered Rock Steady Boxing classes for those with Parkinson's since 2016.  Now, with the $21,449 in support from CRH Foundation, they are also able to offer Pedaling for Parkinson's.  This grant allowed the gym to purchase 10 stationary bicycles and 1 heart monitoring system, enabling them to provide the first Pedaling for Parkinson's class in the state of Indiana.


Planned Giving News
Your life plan should reflect what is important to you – loved ones, ensuring care for yourself and charities you value.

Often, people put off planning for tomorrow. Reasons include being young, middle age or too old. Or, reasoning that it will get done soon or in the near future. Unfortunately, time can get away from you. And, suddenly, planning is overwhelming or too difficult to tackle. Then, even the best planning is meaningless without ensuring that the plan is understood.

As you consider your plan, start by gathering documents and instructions pertaining to where things are located in one place. Decide who will implement your plans in the event of medical necessity – family, a friend, an attorney. Discuss your wishes with that person and show them where to find all important documents, even providing copies of important documents. Should you wish to leave your documents with your attorney, share the name and contact information with your chosen representative.

Items may include -
  • Copy of will
  • Life insurance policies
  • Record of assets
  • List of those to contact at time of death
  • List of those to whom to send a death notice
  • Online accounts, usernames and passwords
  • Funeral or cremation contract
  • Details for how you wish your life to be celebrated including charities you wish to receive memorials
No matter the kind or amount of your assets, plan for how you wish for them to be shared. Consider the people important to you and consider including charitable causes in your plan. There are simple ways to include charity for giving during life as well as upon your passing. I would be happy to talk further with you confidentially about the many opportunities to support Columbus Regional Health Foundation.

Something will always be in the way. Start today.

Ellen M. Brunner
Director, Gift Planning
Columbus Regional Health Foundation

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