LRGHealthcare recently completed a Healthcare Needs Assessment. The process included hosting, Key Informant Focus Groups, as well as offering a public survey. The information collected will be used to help prioritize the programs and services offered to the community.
The Key Informant Focus Groups were held in the Lakes & Three Rivers Regions in September of 2011. Focus group participants were asked to comment on the greatest healthcare challenges facing those served by their organization or agency; whether those needs are being met; and what services should be considered as priority for the future.
Public surveys were mailed to households in LRGHealthcare’s service areas, placed in physician practices and handed out at community health programs and service events. Community members were also offered a web-based option to complete a survey, and a press release announced the survey in local newspapers. Although, respondents represent a small portion of our overall porpulation the survey results provide useful guidance about our communities perception of health and healthcare services.
Results of the focus groups and public survey are now available at www.lrgh.org. The report was prepared by the Community Health Institute in Concord, NH, and includes demographic data, population data on health risks, and morbidity and mortality data from state and federal sources.
In addition to reaching out to the community for their feedback, LRGHealthcare also gave back to the community. In fiscal year 2011, LRGHealthcare provided more than $30 million dollars in community benefit to the Lakes and Three Rivers Regions.
'As a not-for-profit charitable trust, we take seriously our responsibility to the communities we serve,'said LRGHealthcare Director of Education Services Sally Minkow. 'We provide the community with healthcare services 24 hours a day; seven days a week, and we invest in preventive care and health screening services, education and training for health profession students, as well as provide emergency response systems to help assure the health and safety of those we serve.'
'We encourage community members in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions to take the time to review the healthcare needs assessment summary and community benefits report,'said Minkow. 'The information provided in these reports helps to identify ways community partners can work together to meet our community’s needs.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare is committed to providing quality, compassionate care and to strengthening the well-being of our community.