Calhoun County, Michigan – Three local hospitals that serve the Calhoun County area have come together in a precedent-setting collaboration to assess the major health needs of residents in the county.
Bronson Battle Creek, Oaklawn Hospital, and Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center have joined forces to conduct the Calhoun County Community Health Needs Assessment. They are working in conjunction with the Battle Creek Community Foundation, the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, and the Calhoun County Public Health Department.
Several additional partners were invited to be part of this collaborative effort: Community Healthcare Connections, Family Health Center of Battle Creek, Integrated Health Partners, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and Summit Pointe, forming an 11-member assessment advisory team.
Working with Public Sector Consultants Inc., a public policy research and consulting firm based in Lansing, the community health needs assessment was designed to evaluate the existing healthcare landscape of Calhoun County through interviews, focus groups, primary and secondary data analysis, and other methodologies. The Assessment Advisory Committee spent many hours reviewing data, considering information from focus groups and leadership interviews, and engaging as a team on the selection of the top healthcare needs and the ranking of those needs in Calhoun County.
The study also fulfills the requirement for non-profit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment every three years under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“The priority issues are familiar to us all,” said Mark Crawford, vice president of Community Health Services at Bronson Battle Creek. “The specific ranking of health needs is something new and was challenging and difficult work for the assessment partners.”
Identified Health Priorities (in rank order)