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2019 Community Health Needs Assessment released

Gritman Medical Center has completed its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment and posted the results and implementation plan on its website. Through the CHNA process, Gritman has determined the top health needs of the community are mental health/suicide, affordability/accessibility, physicians, substance abuse, education/prevention and chronic pain management.

Gritman has developed an implementation plan for addressing these needs including through services and programs the hospital already offers, new services and programs the hospital may add, other organizations the hospital may partner with and metrics the hospital will use to track progress.

“We view this as a plan for how we, along with other area organizations and agencies, can collaborate to bring the best each has to offer to support change and to address the most pressing identified needs,” Gritman Medical Center President and CEO Kara Besst said. “Most importantly, this report is intended to guide our actions and the efforts of others to make needed health and medical improvements in our area.

“We all live in, work in, and enjoy this wonderful community, and together, we can make our community healthier for every one of us.” Four of the health needs identified were also included in Gritman’s 2016 report. During the past three years, numerous steps have been taken to address those areas, including:

  • Recruited two psychiatrists
  • Expanded anti-bullying and education programs
  • Added oncology and neurology clinics through a partnership with Palouse Specialties
  • Integrated Moscow Family Medicine to secure primary care in the region
  • Added five new family medicine physicians
  • Established an interventional pain clinic

Some of these needs will take more than three years to remedy. Gritman’s focus is and will be on addressing these needs and ensuring the community continues to receive high-quality and compassionate health care.

The report is a federal requirement of all nonprofit hospitals to prove they are providing a benefit to their communities and meeting the needs of local residents. The CHNA process follows federal guidelines including gathering statistical data from reputable sources, surveying “local experts” who meet specific criteria and developing an implementation plan for addressing the Significant Health Needs in the area.

The complete report can be found at gritman.org/community. Community members can also contact the hospital to request a paper copy.