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Hospital board approves community health needs assessment report

By Staff | Feb 21, 2020

During a meeting Monday evening in the Fox Auditorium at the Heart of America Medical Center, the HAMC Governing Board approved the community health needs assessment report.

Medical Staff Coordinator Jodi Schaan said the next step regarding the assessment is a strategic implementation plan.

Schaan said when HAMC conducted the needs assessment, they did so in partnership with the Lake Region District Health Unit and with assistance from the University of North Dakota’s Center for Rural Health.

Schaan said the report generated from surveys, interviews and focus groups resulted in 73 pages of data.

Schaan said some needs indicated in the survey included attracting and retaining young families; depression and anxiety; availability of resources to help the elderly stay in their homes; and availability of daycare; and some concerns included drug and alcohol use; cost of health insurance; not enough jobs with livable wages; retaining primary care; and availability of mental health resources.

More information about community health needs assessment can be found on the Heart of America Medical Center’s website, hamc.com, under CHNA.

Other actions

– The board approved the hospital’s financial report and the consent agenda, which included annual safety meeting minutes.

– The board met with Sakakawea Medical Center (Hazen) CEO Darrold Bertsch. Bertsch gave a presentation that included a financial analysis and comparison of the 36 critical access hospitals in the state.

– The board approved credentialing.

– The board approved minutes from the previous meeting.

– Tribune Staff Report

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