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Peterson Regional Medical Center Launches Comprehensive Study to Evaluate the Health Needs of the Community
Hospital and other community stakeholders to create road map to health for the people of Kerr County


KERRVILLE, TX - Peterson Regional Medical Center, with collaboration from other local health professionals and stakeholders, is working on a road map to health for the people of Kerr County, identifying public health needs, goals, objectives and priorities. The hospital has launched a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment, which will provide the foundation for improving and promoting the health of each community member.

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a systematic collection, assembly, analysis, and dissemination of information about the health of the community. Its role is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources with the community to adequately address those factors.

CHNAs are required for not-for-profit hospitals as part of health care reform legislation. The assessment is expected to be finalized by the end of October. A report of the results will be presented to the community.

'Guided by the results of this important community survey, we can have a more complete understanding of the health needs of this community which will help us focus our resources on how to improve health,' said Patrick Murray, CEO at Peterson Regional Medical Center.

Peterson Regional Medical Center's CHNA will use both existing and new data to assess local health needs and recommend possible improvement methods. Some of the data has already been collected through previous local, state and federal public health organizations. Peterson Regional Medical Center is using an outside firm, Stratasan to collect, quantify, and interpret the data.

After that, community interviews will be conducted to seek input from numerous local residents throughout this process. Local residents will be asked what they think about various aspects of their local healthcare delivery system and what changes they would like to see. That insight, along with the data, will be used to set priorities for local public health.

'The interviews will be looking at what the concerns are as seen through the eyes of the residents of Kerr County," said Murray.

The information and data is being gathered by Stratasan to ensure confidentiality and anonymity of the participants. The results will be shared with Peterson Regional Medical Center's board of directors and administration to help them develop and refine the hospital's programs and services to ensure they target the community's healthcare needs.

Once the data collection is complete, a community health summit will be scheduled.

'Our community assessment is not meant to produce a document that gets shoved onto a shelf to gather dust," Murray said. "It is meant to create the foundation of an action plan to help us truly improve the lives of the people in our community."

To learn more about the Community Health Needs Assessment download a full version of the report HERE

Or visit the Community Health Needs Assessment page right here!