Every four years, Perry Memorial Hospital conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment over the course of several weeks. The assessment is a systematic process involving the local community--including representatives from various communities served by Perry--to identify and analyze community health needs, in addition to assets and resources. The information gathered is used to develop a plan of action and improve quality and access of services to areas of need. This assessment process results in a report which assists the hospital in planning, implementing, and evaluating hospital strategies and community benefit activities.
The Community Health Needs Assessment was developed and conducted in partnership with representatives from the community by a consultant provided through the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). ICAHN is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, established in 2003 for the purposes of sharing resources, education, promoting operational efficiencies and improving healthcare services for member critical access hospitals and their rural communities. The process involved the review of several hundred pages of demographic and health data specific to the Perry Memorial Hospital service area, which is used to draw attention to several common issues of rural demographics and economics. In addition, the process involved focus groups comprised of area healthcare providers and people who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital, including those with special knowledge of public health.
View past Community Health Needs Assessments