Investing in our community

How CMH invests in the community to make it healthier

By Erik Thorsen, CEO

Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria, Oregon

Erik Thorsen, CEO

This spring, we officially opened the CMH Health & Wellness Park between the main hospital and the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. 

It has quickly become a destination for patients, caregivers and neighbors as a space to get outside for a walk, to reflect and to enjoy time with friends. The park is just one example of how Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) invests in the community to help us all be healthier.

Meeting your needs

A buzz phrase in health care right now is social determinants of health. This term describes the qualities or resources of a community that affect the health of the people who live there. They tend to fall into five categories: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment. 

CMH has a long history of promoting community well-being outside of hospital walls by investing in programs and organizations that improve social determinants of health along the coast. 

This issue of Health Compass explores the impact that some of these programs have on our community.