George C. Grape Community Hospital and Shenandoah Medical Center to Partner for the Round Two Community Health Needs Assessment
December 14, 2015 - Over the next three months, George C. Grape Community Hospital and Shenandoah Medical Center will be partnering to update the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Fremont and Page Counties. The first CHNAs were conducted less than three years ago and are to be repeated on a tri-annual bases per the Accountable Care Act by not-for-profit, 501 C (3) hospitals. CHNAs make available specific information about the health status of their community to health providers. Following an analysis of that data and available resources, the healthcare providers work to design strategies to improve the overall health of the population in their region.
By statute, the CHNAs must take into account input from "persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health." To accomplish this work, a short online survey has been developed:
The public is invited to contribute. All community residents and business leaders are encouraged to complete the 2016 online CHNA survey by January 8, 2016 and to attend the upcoming Town Hall Meeting scheduled for February 2, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Sidney Iowa High School, 2754 Knox Road.
"We hope that the community and health professionals will take advantage of this terrific opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare delivery in our communities," comments Mike O'Neal, Chief Executive Officer at George C. Grape Community Hospital.
"Shenandoah Medical Center is pleased to be collaborating on this important initiative with Grape Community Hospital to better provide services to the people we serve in this region," remarks Karen S. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shenandoah Medical Center.
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