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Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. – St. Vincent de Paul

Community Benefit and Community Health Improvement

Inspired by our faith, SCL Health addresses the most serious health-related needs of those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2015, SCL Health contributed more than $222.4 million in community benefit and touched more than 295,898 lives.* How? By working together with providers, employees, partners and members of the community to break down barriers and enhance access to care, greatly improving the overall health of the communities we serve.

*Lives touched summarizes the number of people reached through all Community Benefit activities – health services, education, research, screenings, etc.

2016 community health needs assessment implementation strategy

Learn more about our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy for Good Samaritan.

The 2015 community health needs assessment

Good Samaritan Medical Center is actively engaged with its community and completed a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to understand the existing health status and needs in its community as well as build upon its 2012 CHNA. The 2015 CHNA represents a systematic approach to identify top healthcare priorities for 2016-2018 to guide efforts to improve community health and wellness in the City of Lafayette, Colorado and Boulder and Broomfield Counties. For non-profit hospitals, the Needs Assessment also serves to satisfy certain requirements of tax reporting, pursuant to provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Identification and prioritization of health needs

Two sets of data were reviewed to identify top priorities for the communities served by Good Samaritan. Quantitative data was obtained from the Boulder County Health Compass website, and qualitative data was collected from an Online Key Informant Survey performed by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. As a result, 12 priority health needs were identified: Access to Health Services; Cancer; Diabetes; Exercise; Nutrition and Weight; Heart Disease and Stroke; Immunizations and Infectious Diseases; Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health; Mental Health; Older Adults and Aging; Oral Health; Respiratory Diseases; and Substance Abuse, including Tobacco. A web page was developed by Boulder Public Health specific to these identified existing needs as a data dashboard. The dashboard includes both Boulder and Broomfield County data and highlights the top 12 identified existing needs as well as mortality data.

Selection of top needs

On December 7, 2015, Good Samaritan hosted a one-time facilitated Community Health Needs Task Force session. Community representatives included public health, older and adult aging services, mental health, community food bank, and the local community health center. The hospital was represented by Mission, Community Benefit, Nursing, Palliative Care, Performance Improvement, Communications, Business Development, and the Emergency Department.

The meeting consisted of a presentation covering a history of the requirements for the community health needs assessment, top need selected in 2012 (Mental Health) and progress made on that need, a review of each of the new needs including survey participant comments, and a list of resources identified by survey participants. At the end of the Task Force meeting, participants used a scoring sheet to rank top needs the hospital should address. These needs were vetted by Executive Leadership at Good Samaritan and, based on the hospitals ability to influence, they selected Mental Health and Access to Health Care. These top needs will be the focus of the 2015-2018 Hospital Implementation Plan.

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