CHI - Mercy Hospital Valley City

Summer 2016

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CHI Mercy Health's dedication to building a healthier community extends far beyond the hospital walls. Creating new initiatives in response to the evolving needs of Barnes County residents is another way we live our mission. In late 2015, CHI Mercy Health partnered with the City- County Health District and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Inaccordance with requirements from the Internal Revenue Service for nonprot hospitals, CHI Mercy Health performs CHNAs every three years. These assessments help guide educational and community outreach eorts, as well as give residents a direct say in the programs shaping Barnes County health care. "The future of health care centers on hospitals taking a proactive approach with their patients," says Stephanie Mayeld, Foundation/Mission Director at CHI Mercy Health. "Our goal is for CHI Mercy Health to be not only a place for the sick to nd healing, but also a place for our community to nd programs external to the hospital that promote healthy living." Electronic and hard copies of the community health needs survey were sent to Barnes County residents between Nov. 3–20, 2015—and our community delivered! More than 650 people responded. The top four needs that emerged based on assessment results are: mental health services substance abuse a shortage of licensed, local childcare professionals bullying and cyberbullying In May, CHI Mercy Health began working with local and district leaders to create a community implementation plan that will address these topics. For more information about the Community Health Needs Assessment or other CHI Mercy Health initiatives, call Stephanie at 701-845-6557. A copy of the CHNA can be found at Our Mission in Action Left to right: Tiffany Knauf, ND Department of Health; Theresa Will, Director of City-County Health District; Paula Thomsen, Director of Nursing for City-County Health District; Stephanie Mayfield, Foundation/Mission Director at CHI Mercy Health CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES /// 2

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