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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.

2015 community health needs assessment implementation strategy

Lutheran Medical Center, a community-based, acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is committed to improving the health of its community. In so doing, Lutheran worked closely with community partners to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) during 2015 and early 2016. The goal for the CHNA is to determine current and projected future health care needs in the Lutheran service area and to identify gaps in services to improve health care in Jefferson County, Colorado and the surrounding regions.

The CHNA features extensive background research, including demographic analysis and literature review; a community survey reflecting the input of community members who may seek services from Lutheran; and interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, including other health care and public health professionals. Key findings have identified gaps and unmet needs for healthcare in the service area and will inform recommendations and strategic implementations for the Lutheran service delivery model to fill the gaps. Key findings for this CHNA are: (1) access to healthcare; (2) chronic disease management; (3) behavioral health; and (4) obesity. In early 2016, Lutheran developed a Strategic Implementation Plan. The key points include the following:

  • The 2016 – 2018 Strategic Implementation Plan highlights the overall approach for Lutheran in addressing priority health issues
  • Lutheran is committed to aligning with Jefferson County Public Health's (JCPH) Community Improvement Plan and Network efforts
  • Lutheran's redefined top priorities are 1) Access to Healthcare, 2) Preventive Care and Behavioral Health, and 3) Obesity
  • The plan is a living document that will be revised as needed, with input from the JCPH collaborative to include new partners, other hospital and system strategies, and activities, as well as new data

Learn more about our 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment for Lutheran.

Let us know

As we move into development of the Hospital Implementation Plan or if you have any questions, concerns or comments, you may contact:

Deb Roybal, MSN, PhD
Regional Vice President, Mission Integration and Sponsorship
Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development
SCL Health
Saint Joseph Hospital
Lutheran Medical Center
Phone: 303-812-4932
Cell: 303-588-2071
303-467-4801
deborah.roybal@sclhs.net

Executive Assistant: Sherri Norton
sherri.norton@sclhs.net
303-812-4937

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