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According to Columbia County Health Department's community health assessment, one in ten adults have diabetes and one in five seniors (65 years or older) have diabetes.  According to the website, one third of adults living with diabetes are not at their A1C goal. Many people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed and often remain un-diagnosed until symptoms become more severe. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, blurry vision, tingling pain or numbness in the hands or feet, feeling very thirsty, and weight loss. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can significantly reduce complications of diabetes. 


Columbia County Health System is committed to improving the quality of life and health of diabetics in our communities. While maintaining the health of diagnosed diabetics is important, we would like to focus on preventing diabetes through education and proactive measures.  You can lower your risk of becoming diabetic by keeping active, managing your blood glucose (sugar,) and maintaining healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.  If you would like to speak with one of our providers regarding your diabetes risks, or are concerned that you may be experiencing symptoms of diabetes, please call and make an appointment at one of our clinics.





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.