Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic requests public input


Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic is looking for public input in a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The hospital is working with St. Rose Health Center and Clara Barton Hospital to complete the survey, to make it a more complete picture of the needs of the whole county.

“This assessment enables us to address the challenges identified by our community,” states Kile Magner, hospital CEO. “We want to hear what you need; if we know the challenges faced, we can respond and address them if they are in our scope of practice.”

The CHNA process is conducted in steps. First, an online survey is performed. The survey results are then used at a Town Hall meeting, where citizens can help the hospital’s administration prioritize the needs of the community. The Ellinwood CHNA Town Hall meeting is March 15, 11:30am to 1pm, at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. Lunch will be served to the first 50 attendees.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BartonCHNA3 or participants can text EllinwoodCHNA to 48421 to receive a survey link on a smartphone.

The results of this research will be used to compile the official CHNA report, which will ultimately be used by the hospital in strategic planning.

“Our hope is that this research allows us to coordinate the future of our facility and programs to address the unique challenges faced by our patients and our community,” said Magner.

The CHNA is an IRS requirement of all not-for-profit hospitals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every three years, Ellinwood District Hospital, St. Rose Health Center, and Clara Barton Hospital must complete the assessment and adopt an implementation plan.

Vince Vandehaar, MBA of VVV Consultants LLC, an independent research firm from Olathe, Kan., has been retained to conduct this CHNA research for the three facilities.

If you have questions about the assessment or the research activities, please contact Lindsey Bogner, Foundation and Community Education Director at the hospital, at (620) 564-2548 or lbogner@gpoe.org.

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