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Three years ago we partnered with our communities on a fun little activity to draw awareness to February as "Heart Health" month. Every year, Paint the Town Red, gets a little more attention and business owners in our communities work to "out do" their previous years design. Columbia County's most recent health assessment states that 18% of adults did not exercise in the last month and that 17% of the hospitalizations for our residents was for cardiovascular disease. Perhaps the most striking number is that 40% of our residents are overweight, exceeding the state average.

In addition to "Paint the Town Red," we have several events planned for the month including a 5k, fun walk/run, blood drive, and wear red Fridays. Please join us and your community to become active and Rock the Beat!


Dayton General Hospital was established in 1960 with the vision of providing high quality healthcare to the local community. DGH is a Public Hospital District with a Critical Access Hospital, Level V Trauma, and Level III Stroke center designations. Our primary service areas include Dayton, Waitsburg, Starbuck, and surrounding areas. Columbia County Health System is comprised of Columbia Family Clinic, Waitsburg Clinic, Booker Rest Home, and Dayton General Hospital. Our Rural Health Clinics are here for your primary care needs, 6 days a week. We are staffed with 3 primary care, medical doctors, and 3 mid-levels. Booker Rest Home is a 49 Bed, long term care, skilled nursing facility.