COLUMBUS - Columbus Community Hospital is inviting members of the Columbus community to join a brand new council.

In a press release issued Tuesday, CCH says that it recently created a new Patient & Family Advisory Council that will allow community members to share ideas on how to improve the hospital. Members of the council will partner with doctors, nurses, and administrators to help improve the quality of the hospital's care.

CCH says that members will share stories of their health care experiences in training sessions, provide input on how CCH can improve policies, review or create educational materials to make them easier for all patients to understand, and work on short-term, small improvement projects.

To become a member of the council, individuals must have received care at CCH in the past 12 months or have a family member who has received care at the hospital in the past 12 months, and no other special qualifications are required. CCH says that the council will have seven to nine members, and the term of service will be for two years, with an option of reappointment for up to three terms.

Those interested in becoming a part of the council will need to complete an interest form and be interviewed, and all candidates will complete a health screening, tuberculous testing, influenza vaccines, and complete criminal background checks.

CCH says that employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to be on the council, and active CCH board members, volunteers, physicians, and their family members are not eligible either.

More information can be found at https://www.columbushosp.org/Default.aspx?, or by contacting Dona J. Kudron at 402-562-4624, or djkudron@columbushosp.org.