The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative recently presented the Rural Health Ambassador Award to Luanne Gould, RN at Columbus Community Hospital.
The award recognizes health care employees at RWHC hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their respective organizations, while making significant contributions to rural health. Each recipient demonstrates a history of fostering positive communication and relations within the hospital’s respective service area by: serving on community boards/service organizations; taking advantage of volunteer opportunities; and supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital.
“Luanne is truly committed to rural healthcare and CCH,” said Angi Genco, CCH Rehabilitation Department manager. “Luanne emphasizes the importance of peer support and social connection for recovery from a cardiac event, making the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Cardiac Rehab Department unlike any other environment in the hospital. Many of our patients choose to continue with the program because of the relationships they have made with our staff and other patients.”
Gould started her career at CCH in 1992 and has spent the last 17 years as an RN in the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, where she serves as the department lead. Her responsibilities include evaluating new patients, providing daily care of Phase II cardiac rehab patients, teaching group education classes for cardiac rehab patients and coordinating additional care for those in the program.
In addition Gould has participated in the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Day and the Madison Heart Walk, community health fairs, informational programs, and is a team captain for the Hearts of Gold Cardiac Rehab Team annual event. She is also a member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Incorporated in 1979, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative receives national recognition as one of the country’s earliest and most successful models for networking among rural hospitals. RWHC serves as a catalyst for regional collaboration and as an aggressive, creative force on behalf of rural communities and rural health. Owned and operated by 29 acute, medical-surgical hospitals, RWHC offers its members a wide range of shared services that meet local community health needs, including: staffing, consulting, management, networking and education. Columbus Community Hospital is an active member of RWHC; their employees support the shared mission of “strengthening and sustaining rural health.”