Conducted every three years, through community surveys and focus groups, the assessment evaluates the overall health status of the greater Michiana region, identifies the most pressing health-related needs of the community, and helpsÂ SJRMC prioritize services relating to such needs. For the 2011-2012 assessment, more than 2,000 surveys were received and analyzed.
The findings of this yearâ€™s study highlighted three areas of significant concern by community participants: Â diabetes, pre-natal care and senior services. With this information in mind, SJRMC has developed a three-year community needs action plan to address ways to improve the health of the extended community by empowering people with information, knowledge and accessibility.
Highlighted through a matrix at the end of the 2011â€“2012 Community Health Needs Assessment report, the areas of concern are segmented by recognized needs, Â and further divided by future action plans as identified by SJRMC.
â€śAt Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, we strive to fulfill every element of our Mission Statement through actions, not just words,â€ť said Albert Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of SJRMC. â€śWe will seek to provide services where assistance is most needed. Our Mission and faith principles are at the core of our businessâ€”challenging us to do whatever it takes to build a stronger and healthier community.â€ť
For more information on the 2011-2012 Community Health Needs Assessment report, or for an electronic copy, visit the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center website at http://www.sjmed.com/community-health-needs-assessment.