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Community Health Needs Assessment surveys available for area residents

By Staff | Oct 11, 2019

Heart of America Medical Center and Lake Region District Health Unit are teaming up in the Pierce County area for the first three weeks of October to hear from area residents about their health needs.

A press release from Jodi Schaan of Heart of America Medical Center said the two health service providers will seek information via surveys available online and in written form.

The press release stated, “Results of the survey will provide guidance to local health organizations on ways to improve community health and provide better services. The survey is part of a community health needs assessment initiated by the local hospital, clinics and public health unit. They are receiving assistance from the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.”

Lake Region District Health Unit nurse Samantha Wentz urged community members to take the survey.

“If people want something different with their healthcare, they should really take the survey,” Wentz said. “It’s for our community, so the more voices we can get, the better.”

“It’s anonymous,” Wentz said of the survey. “We just want as much local participation as we can get, so we know what, if any areas lack (services); what good things there are (about present care); things like that.”

The HAMC press release said the community needs assessment survey “is one of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The regulations require non-profit hospitals such as Heart of America Medical Center to assess the community’s health needs periodically. A health assessment is also part of accreditation requirements for local health units.”

Wentz said UND Medical Center would compile survey results and the information would be used in forming local committees that would decide “areas of need and strengths” in local healthcare services.

The survey, which according to HAMC takes “about 20 to 25 minutes,” is available online at tinyurl.com/RugbyND19, or www.hamc.com/CHNA/.

Written survey forms are available at Heart of America Johnson Clinic locations in Rugby, Maddock and Dunseith; Heart of America Clinic Pharmacy, Heart of America Medical Center and the Heart of America Medical Center emergency room.

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