The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. In line with Guthrie’s vision to “improve health through clinical excellence and compassion; every patient, every time” the CHNA helps Guthrie understand community health needs. It allows Guthrie to better target its efforts to improve community health.
Each of these three community needs assessment documents include a description and supporting data of existing community needs specifically (1) demographics of the primary service area (race/ethnicity, income, education, employment); (2) insurance coverage (commercial, Medicare/Medicaid, uninsured), healthcare infrastructure (number and type of health care providers and services); and (3) key health challenges (access issues, high lung cancer rates, cancer mortality, heart disease mortality/prevalence, and obesity). The assessment will additionally include projected changes in the demographics, insurance coverage and health care infrastructure during the 3-year program period. Based on what is learned through the community needs assessment, priorities are established. Projects will be selected and implemented that address these priorities.
To review the current priorities and implementation plans for each of the Guthrie hospitals please click on the documents below.