ALTON — OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center is sharing the results of its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.
The assessments are required of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Conducted every three years through community surveys, the assessment evaluates the overall health of Madison County and creates an important opportunity to improve residents’ health.
OSF Saint Anthony’s collected 1,042 surveys for the 2016 assessment, including surveys from residents most at-risk because of limited financial means.
The findings identified the following areas of focus and emphasis: Obesity and Behavioral Health, specifically mental health and substance abuse/tobacco use.
With this in mind, the hospital’s leadership and clinicians, in conjunction with its collaborative partners in the Riverbend, have developed a three-year implementation plan for Madison County to improve health and well-being by empowering people with information, knowledge and accessibility.
“We embrace the opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of our region through the community health needs assessment,” OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center Health Center President & CEO Ajay Pathak said. “By having identifiable and prioritized data, we are working to address and transform those issues with residents, for residents, through teamwork and collaboration. Working with our Mission Partners and community partners, we will continue to develop innovative solutions to more effectively address health issues impacting our community.”
Partners working closely with OSF Saint Anthony’s on its assessment include Sheri Banovic, director of nursing education for Lewis and Clark Community College; Kristie Baumgartner, assistant superintendent of the Alton School District; Monica Bristow, president of the RiverBend Growth Association; Theresa Collins, associate executive director of Senior Services Plus; Marqarette Trushel, executive director of the Oasis Women’s Center; Anne Tyree, vice president of marketing & business development for Centerstone; Al Womack Jr., executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alton; Maura Wuellner, director of the Illinois Region for United Way of Greater St. Louis; and Amy Yeager, health promotion manager at Madison County Health Department.
Members of OSF Saint Anthony’s team included Pathak; Chief Operating Officer Sister M. Anselma, Chief Nursing Officer Deny Boettger, Strategic Marketing Director Diane Schuette, Registered Dietitian Ginger Becker, Physical Therapist Kelly Bogowith, Patient Navigator Kelly Keenan; Courtney McFarlin, PA-C; Dr. Yusuf Mohyuddin, Family Medicine; Psychological Services Manager Susanne Ringhausen and Community Relations Coordinator Tina Zumwalt.
Since its last Community Health Needs Assessment in 2013, OSF HealthCare has seen systemwide improvement in three key areas: access to medical care, ability to gain needed prescription medications and access to dental care.