Columbia County Health System

Striving to continually improve rural healthcare for our community

Scott Bond and Dale Reisner, Washington State Hospital Association and Washington State Medical Association wrote a great article, published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, proposing that any conversation about healthcare coverage needs to also include discussion on access. For example: If you have insurance but you have to drive 30 miles or more to seek emergency care, are you truly covered?

Click Here for the Business Journal Article

Please join Columbia County Health System as we say thank-you to a friend, co-worker and beloved physician for 34 years of service in our community. This retirement celebration is a community event at the Liberty Theater Annex from 6:00-8:00 pm on April 16th. Please join us in honoring him.


Please take a moment to complete the by clicking the Survey Monkey below. The purpose of this survey is to get your opinions about community health problems in our county. We will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing problems which can be addressed through public health/hospital community action. Thank You. Click here to take survey


We would like to thank the Waitsburg Lions Club 7872 and Club President Guy McCaw for their hospitality last night and for the opportunity to present information on the Hospital District. The club clearly has a vested interest in the success and well being of their community; they truly serve!



Choose Red, Choose Life!

Dr. Marek Marcinkiewicz, MD, PHD is now accepting new patients! Come see us or call today.


Marek Marcinkiewicz, MD received his M.D. and Ph.D from the Medical School of Bialystok in Poland. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Charlottesville, VA. in 1996. After serving as an Assistant Professor (adjunct,) Dr. Marcinkiewicz returned to Virginia for residency becoming board certified in Family Medicine. He is fluent in English, Polish, and intermediate Russian. Joining our health system in January, 2014, Dr. Marcinkiewicz is excited to be a member of our communities.

We recently completed the installation of our last Cerner, Long Term Care module last month and are one of the first Long Term Care facilities, in the Nation, to install Cerner’s MDS Intelligence and Powerchart LTC products in combination with their Caretracker module. We are excited about this partnership and the positive patient care outcomes using these tools will lead to. To learn more about how Columbia County Health System and Booker Rest Home is improving healthcare for our residents, please read the following:

Cerner & Columbia County Health System MDS Intelligence Solution.



Dr. Kim Abernethy, DO is now accepting new patients! Come see us or call today.


Columbia County Health System recognizes a higher, than National average, use of tobacco in our communities. This often leads to chronic diseases that reduce both quality and duration of life. Our medical staff have committed to helping those that want to quit by providing a program that has proven successful. This is an opportunity for you to realize a healthier lifestyle, and with a pack of cigarettes running about $9.00, it will also positively effect your pocketbook.

FLYERS smoking class cougar 2014

Thanks to Haley and all of the people that helped and donated to our coat and food drive. We delivered 318 pounds of food to our local food bank and we’ve collected 110 coats soon to be distributed to those who need them.

ABC news World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer is slated to begin a series of stories exploring health care costs. As noted by the Washington State Hospital Association: Health care pricing is a very difficult and confusing issue, but it’s important for patients to understand their choices and their costs. We encourage patients to learn as much as possible about their options for care and care setting, and discuss their choices with their medical team and their insurer. Furthermore, as health care consumers, we all need to consider cost when making decisions. But it’s also important to consider quality. To that end, the Washington State Hospital Association and its member hospitals provide information on both hospital pricing and quality.

Here is a link to additional resources provided by the Washington State Hospital Association:

Charge data is an imperfect reference because actual pricing can depend greatly on things like insurance provider and charity care. This data should not be considered a predictor of what an individual will pay.

Starting October 30th, 2013, Columbia County Health System will begin holding monthly support group meetings for families to come, visit, listen, and also learn about issues that face many elders in Booker Rest Home. The first meeting will be October 30th at 7:00 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Please come to provide input and discussion. Dawn will be showing a short video on “living with dementia” as well.

For more information, Click Here.

According to Washington HealthPlanFinder, more people than ever before will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage. Depending on the individual or family’s income, they may be able to qualify for a free or low-cost health plan, or have their premiums drastically reduced by way of tax credit. For example:

• A family of 4 making less than $32,500 can qualify for free health coverage through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid);
• A family of 4 making up to $40,000 can qualify for an estimated $985 in tax credits per month; and
• A family of 4 making up to $90,000 can qualify for an estimated $436 in tax credits per month.
• Subsidies are available for a family of four making up to $94,200 a year.

Supporting Medicaid expansion and enrollment have both been high priority issues for hospitals. Providing health care—especially emergency health care—to uninsured patients usually results in a significant burden on the family, and can be costly for the hospital as well. The cost of care for the uninsured gets shifted to other paying patients. If more people have health coverage that covers the cost of health care services, and provides them with access to preventative care, the entire community is better off.

To compare and signup for plans online:
Phone: Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center: 1.855.WAFINDER or 1.855.923.4633

Coverage begins January 1st, 2014

Columbia County Health System has been working with Washington State Health Care Authority to site a specialist to assist with enrollment at our facility. We’ll keep you posted as to when the specialist will be here. Additionally, we plan on providing computer resources on-site as well to be used for signup.

September 26th from 4 to 6 PM we will be holding a Radiology open house and ribbon cutting event to present our upgraded CT scanner and renovated suite to the community. We will also have representatives from Alliance Imaging here to talk about the MRI Mobile Coach. Additionally, staff will be here to answer questions about DEXA and other Radiology services.

Please mark your calendars and help us celebrate this improvement to Healthcare in Dayton! We will have refreshments provided by the Touchet River Cafe.


New Siemens Somatom 16 CT Scanner in our renovated suite.