About Us


Columbus Regional Healthcare System was founded in 1935 when local physician Dr. Warren Edwin Miller started a 12-bed hospital in a Victorian home in Whiteville. A year later, the home’s porches were enclosed to accommodate more patients. Over the next 70 years, the hospital would be replaced twice. The current facility was dedicated December 11, 1977, and continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the community.

Today, CRHS boasts an impressive and highly trained medical staff and other healthcare professionals who represent a range of specialties and are dedicated to the well-being of every patient in their care. Licensed for 154 beds, Columbus Regional Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization accredited by DNV GL Healthcare.

Mission Statement

Provide compassionate care, advance healing and inspire hope for our patients and their loved ones.

Vision Statement

CRHS will be the most trusted leader in the delivery of innovative high-quality care, outstanding patient experience with measurable improvements in the health of our community.


EXCELLENCE: We pursue excellence in all that we do, focusing first on safety, quality and service. We will create a caring, healing environment where our patients feel safe and valued.

PEOPLE: We hire and retain the best people and recognize their talents and contributions. We will foster a work environment that supports and promotes teamwork, innovation, achievement, accountability, respect, and diversity. Our teammates are our greatest asset.

STEWARDSHIP: We make prudent use of all of our financial resources to ensure that we can meet our mission over the long-term. We will be good stewards of our natural resources by looking for opportunities to reduce waste and energy utilization.

INTEGRITY: We act with honesty and sincerity and with the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics.  We are transparent, honest and ethical in all our interactions with patients, employees, physicians, vendors, and the public.

COMMUNITY: We work continually to improve the health and quality of life for all whom we serve. We contribute health services, education, time and leadership to our community so that it can thrive. We are proud to make a difference

Atrium Health

In November 2007, the board of trustees selected Atrium Health, (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) to assume management of CRHS.

Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) is one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, connecting patients with on-demand care, world-class specialists and the region’s largest primary care network. A recognized leader in healthcare delivery, quality and innovation, our foundation rests on providing clinically excellent and compassionate care.

Awards and Recognition

Columbus Regional Healthcare System is continually recognized locally and nationally for our commitment to delivering efficient, quality care. We are proud of our team and the recognition that we receive from many of the top accrediting and ranking organizations in the industry.


Columbus Regional is accredited by DNV GL – Healthcare.

By earning accreditation, Columbus Regional has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

DNV GL’s accreditation program, called NIAHO® (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual hospital surveys – instead of every three years – and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols

Columbus Regional receives Leap Frog A Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2018. Columbus Regional Healthcare System was one of 34 hospitals in NC awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Columbus Regional receives Gold Plus award from American Stroke Association

CRHS has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Columbus Regional is a Baby Friendly designated hospital.

CRHS has earned the designation of Baby Friendly, an initiative created by the World Health Organization and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding. You won’t find our level of care for infant feeding at many other health care facilities — we’re among a few hospitals nationwide with Baby-Friendly recognition.

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