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Dayton General Hospital is a fully accredited, Critical Access Hospital, licensed to provide inpatient general acute care.  Our acute care nursing and physician team is certified and well trained to provide excellent care for your acute illness.  Diagnosis and treatment of your need is assisted by our on-site lab, radiology, and respiratory therapy departments.  Our facility has cardiac monitoring capability for our hospital patients.  We offer an excellent patient to staff ratio which allows our staff to provide detailed care.

We also offer inpatient care for sub-acute ‘swingbed’ patients (those that need a step down from acute care, but still require skilled nursing care and/or Physical Therapy for an extended period). This service allows local residents, who may have had an Acute hospitalization or surgery, to return to our facility and receive excellent nursing and rehabilitation for an extended period of time.


Recently remodeled Emergency Department.Recently remodeled Emergency Department.


Dayton General Hospital offers 24 hour a day Emergency Care.  We are available to meet pediatric, adult and elderly emergent needs.  Our emergency room staff is certified in emergency care for both pediatric and adult patients.  As a level V Trauma facility our staff is trained to treat emergencies on site as well as stabilize and transfer patients needing a higher level of care.  Additionally, we have Level III stroke center and Level II cardiac center designations. Transferring patients is accomplished by ground ambulance and also by medical helicopter via our on-site landing pad.



Dayton General Hospital was established in 1960 with the vision and mission of providing high quality healthcare to the local communities. We are a Public Hospital District with Critical Access Hospital, Level V Trauma Center, and Level III Cardiac and Stroke Center designations. Our primary service areas include Dayton, Waitsburg, Starbuck, and surrounding areas. More commonly known as Columbia County Health System, we are comprised of Columbia Family Clinic, Waitsburg Clinic, Booker Rest Home, and Dayton General Hospital. Our Rural Health Clinics are here for primary care and behavior health needs 6 days a week. We are staffed with 3 primary care medical doctors, a board certified emergency medicine doctor, a board certified pediatrician, and 3 mid-level family practice providers.  Our Emergency Department is staffed with our employed providers as well as partner physicians.