Latest news from CRH Foundation

September 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) opened 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.  Columbus Regional Health Foundation was able to provide the $2 million in support as a result of undesignated support from donors.  Unrestricted gifts allow the Foundation to identify projects for its support that have the greatest need.

Partners in Generosity: Sherm and Jacquie Franz

Sherm and Jacquie Franz have been long-time supporters of Columbus Regional Health Foundation (CRHF).  Jacquie headed the Foundation as President from 1996-2000.  She 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 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.

Contact Ellen Brunner at 812-376-5083 or for a confidential conversation about your planning goals and objectives.

CRH Cancer Center Survivor Support Fund

The Cancer Center Survivor Support Fund at Columbus Regional Hospital is a collaborative effort between Columbus Regional Health Foundation and Jaclyn Sparkman, a Social Work Therapist at CRH.  The idea for the fund arose when Jaclyn realized that many of her patients had needs beyond the medical ones managed by the clinical staff in the Cancer Center. 

A diagnosis of cancer can place a significant financial burden on a patient’s family, especially as the cost of treatments continues to increase.  Unfortunately this forces some patients to decrease their quality of life and/or their adherence to medications, which can lead to a greater risk of mortality.  The Survivor Support Fund can ease this financial burden by helping to address the barriers to treatment such as medication cost, transportation, increased nutritional needs and reduced income due to being off work.  When patients have greater adherence to medical recommendations, their outcomes improve.

The Fund is available to patients active in chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation at CRH who demonstrate financial need and meet income guidelines as determined by CRH Patient Financial Services (exceptions could be granted in extenuating circumstances).  A patient could receive up to $400 per year to be spent on his/her specific needs.  The Cancer Center Suvivor's Support Fund is a CRH Foundation designated fund in collaboration with CRH's Cancer Center.   For any questions about this initiative, please contact the CRHF Office at (812) 376-5100 or email

March 2019

2018 Reverse Raffle to benefit VIMCare Clinic

Thank you to all who supported the 23rd Annual Reverse Raffle, “Wouldn’t it Be Nice...”, to benefit VIMCare Clinic!  The event generated $176,745 to help those who are uninsured or underinsured in our community.  We could not have done this without your help!  Your support allows 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 underproduction of dopamine.  While there is no know cure for Parkinson's, research has shown forced intensity exercise is a known 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 $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, and 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 in one place your documents and instructions pertaining to where things are located. 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, and provide copies of these 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 who should receive 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 want 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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