Community Health Needs Assessment
During 2014-2015 Mercy Health Saint Mary's participated in identifying community needs in Kent County by conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in collaboration with the Kent County Health Department and a number of other local hospitals and community organizations in Kent County. There are two significant sides to the CHNA process for Mercy Health Saint Mary's, which incorporated requirements detailed in the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The first was the Kent County process and the second was a deeper dive focused more narrowly on specific Mercy Health Saint Mary's core service area's and vulnerable populations served, consistent with our mission.
Priority issues have emerged from these assessments will guide Community Benefit programming and activities over the next three years. The determination of community health priorities took into account demographics, socio-economic factors, and health service utilization trends. Further, it incorporated input from community coalitions, focus groups and surveys.
This assessment and formal report is in alignment with the federal IRS Community Benefit reporting requirements that affect all state licensed 501(c)(3) hospitals. The priorities identified have been accepted by Mercy Health Saint Mary's Community Benefit Ministry Committee and Board of Trustees.
We hope that this assessment would not be viewed as a static document, but, rather, as a dynamic roadmap that will assist in improving the health and well-being of residents in Kent County, and especially our historic core service area. To comply with federal requirements and ensure the vitality of this study, we will be repeating the process again in 2018. We are deeply indebted and grateful to all who participated in this inclusive process.