In 1987, Dr. Ron Ernst opened Columbus General Surgery in Columbus, Nebraska, to help community members with all their surgical needs. Eleven years later, Dr. Myron Morse joined him, and the two doctors continued to grow their practice. They both grew up in small towns — Ernst in Columbus and Morse in southwest Iowa — and harbored a particular love for rural medicine. Later, they added Dr. Jeremy Albin to the practice, and when Ernst retired in 2021, Dr. Jacob Oran came on board.
Together, Columbus General Surgery and Columbus Community Hospital have brought a new level of care to the community. They were instrumental in opening the Wound, Ostomy and Continence (W.O.C.) Health Center, located in the Healthpark Medical Office Building at CCH, and Dr. Morse started the trauma program at the hospital. Now, CCH is a Level III trauma center. The doctors at Columbus General Surgery treat both patients who have been referred by other providers in the area, and those who are self-referred.