Grant Memorial Hospital’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment
(Including Grant, Hardy, and Northern Pendleton Counties, West Virginia)
Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 require tax-exempt (non-profit) hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and develop an Implementation Plan at least every three years. The regulations for the CHNA include defining the hospital’s service area and compiling demographics and analysis of health indicators; taking into account input from the community, including public health professionals; identifying resources; and prioritizing community health needs. The 2019 Grant Memorial Hospital (GMH) CHNA incorporates the requirements described above and identifies the following prioritized needs:
- Substance Use and Abuse
- Obesity and Co-morbid Issues
This document serves as a roadmap for the Implementation Plan, which will be developed during the months following the completion of the 2019 CHNA and specify planned actions to
be taken by Grant Memorial and collaborators, available resources, anticipated actions, and a plan for evaluating these activities. In addition to the requirement to conduct a CHNA, hospital leadership expressed the desire to go beyond regulatory requirements in serving patients and the community at large. To facilitate this goal, GMH partnered with West Virginia University’s School of Public Health (WVU SPH) to complete this Needs Assessment using a robust community based process designed to engage a broad representation of community members. This process was led by Dr. Tom Bias in the Health Research Center within the school. A CHNA leadership team was convened by GMH including hospital and community leadership to inform and guide the process.