Grant Memorial Hospital's
2016 Community Health Needs Assessment
(Including Grant, Hardy, and Northern Pendleton Counties, West Virginia)
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of Grant Memorial Hospital was conducted to identify health issues and community needs as well as provide information to key decision makers to make a positive impact on the health of the Hospital’s service area. The results of the CHNA will enable the Hospital as well as other community providers to collaborate their efforts to provide the necessary resources for the community.
To assist with the CHNA process and completion, Grant Memorial Hospital retained Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The assessment was designed to ensure compliance with current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines for charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt hospitals which require tax-exempt hospitals to conduct a CHNA every three years to identify the community’s health needs and adopt an implementation strategy to meet those needs. In addition, community benefits must be reported on IRS Form 990, Schedule H. As described in the instructions to Schedule H, community benefit activities or programs: “seek to achieve a community benefit objective, including improving access to health service, enhancing public knowledge, and relief of a government burden to improve health”.
The study considered services offered by healthcare providers in the area, population trends, socio-economic demographics and the region’s overall sufficiency of healthcare providers in the community. Data was obtained from numerous health organizations as well as interviews with community leaders and hospital staff. This information was used to determine the Community’s future health needs. The study also reviewed the prior implementation plan to assess the progress and community feedback related to the Hospital’s plan.
The assessment identified key risk factors based upon the population’s medical history. Additionally, the assessment used socio-economic and demographic data to determine whether area healthcare providers adequately assess the Community’s key risk factors. As part of this assessment and as prescribed by IRS section 501(r), this determination will be used in developing a forthcoming strategy to meet the Community’s health needs. Furthermore, and as mandated by IRS section 501(r)(3)(B)(ii), the assessment, as well as the Hospital’s strategy to meet the Community’s health needs, will be made widely available to the public on the Hospital’s website.
Hospitals are increasingly taking on the challenging work necessary to improve population health by partnering with a diverse group of community stakeholders to address the drivers and conditions identified in their Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). Hospital CHNA Implementation Plans vary based on each hospital’s unique characteristics, capabilities and goals.
Grant Memorial Hospital (GMH) has created a plan to enhance existing community benefit programs and hospital services. The plan can be found on GMH website at www.grantmemorial.com that was posted in August, 2016. The focus of this plan is to address major community health priorities that were identified in the June 2016 Grant Memorial Community Health Needs Assessment. This assessment process was designed to extend broadly into the tri-county service area to identify needs, gaps and barriers to health and health services.
The Implementation Strategy will describe GMH’s response and strategies that will identify programs and resources to address and respond to the health needs over the next three years. The implementation plan will also describe why an identified health need will not be addressed. Through a process of primary research, data analysis, validation and prioritization, the assessment process identified the following three significant health needs to focus on from 2016-2019:
- Chronic Disease Management
- a. Diabetes Mellitus
- b. Heart Disease
- Unhealthy Lifestyles
- a. Obesity
- b. Tobacco Use
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse