Story last updated at 7/10/2013 - 2:22 pm
PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, in collaboration with numerous community partners, announces the release of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report.
According to Mischa Chernick, CHNA project lead and Marketing and Communications Manager for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, "For years health care has focused on treating illness and individual episodes of care. At Ketchikan Medical Center we are deeply committed to transforming our how we deliver health care to our community and begin focusing more on keeping people healthy."
The CHNA, now available at www.peacehealth.org/CHNA, is a true example of community collaboration. Successfully addressing community health needs is an opportunity for community partnership and engagement. Though the Affordable Care Act requires all nonprofit hospitals to conduct a CHNA every three years and to make the findings publicly available online, PeaceHealth sees at this process not as a requirement to meet, but as a natural expression of its mission and values to help identify and serve the health needs of people in each community.
One key finding, common in all the communities that PeaceHealth serves, is the reality that too many people do not have health insurance. With the advent of health care reform, there is an opportunity to improve access. This is just one area that PeaceHealth will begin working with community partners to help let people know about all the opportunities to enroll in no or low cost insurance options.
"As we begin working to meet the specific needs identified in our community, we will continue to rely upon the partners who have been collaborating with us on this project," said Chernick. "Together we can do more to promote health and wellness in our community than any of us can do on our own."