Healthcare leaders look for Regional Health Assessment participation

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Healthcare providers in Marion, Ralls, Pike, Lewis, Shelby, and Monroe counties are currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

The assessment process includes a confidential survey developed by VVV Research & Development, Inc., an Olathe, KS based marketing, research, and consulting firm.  Although participation in the survey process has already been strong, more area residents are encouraged to complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HannibalCHNA.

The results of this assessment, along with secondary research highlighting publically available information regarding the health status of the region, will be explored at an upcoming Town Hall meeting on Thursday, June 20 at the Quality Inn in Hannibal from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

All area residents are invited to participate in this gathering. Participants will engage in the process of prioritizing health issues which will then be used by the steering committee to identify the region’s top priorities.

“We hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare and services we offer. We value area residents’ insights.  The feedback we receive from this assessment is essential in planning for the future health and wellness of our region,” commented Pranav Parikh, MD, a member of the Regional CHNA Steering Committee.

The results of this research and community assessment will then be used by regional health providers to develop a three-year strategy to address the top health challenges in the region.  A regional steering committee has been formed to lead and monitor this process.  Participants include:

• Dr. Pranav Parikh, Vice President – Quality and Medical Affairs, Hannibal Regional Hospital

• Ms. Judy Prater, Director of Nursing – Pike County Memorial Hospital

• Mr. Lynn Olson, President – Hannibal Regional Hospital

• Ms. Jean McBride, Administrator – Marion County Health Department

• Ms. Tanya Taylor, Administrator – Ralls County Health Department

• Ms. Audrey Gough, Administrator – Shelby County Health Department

• Ms. Diane Lay, Administrator – Lewis County Health Department

• Mr. Justin Selle, Administrator – Pike County Health Department

• Ms. Paula Delaney, Administrator – Monroe County Health Department

• Ms. Rhonda Stumbaugh, Community Health Coordinator – Pike County Health Dept

• Ms. Lou Lemen, Executive Director – United Way of the Mark Twain Area

• Mr. Tim Polley, Executive Director – Hannibal Regional Medical Group

• Ms. Ginny Webb, Marketing Director – Hannibal Clinic

• Ms. Renee Hendrickson, Representative – Healthcare USA

• Ms. Stephanie Thomeczek, Executive Director – Families and Communities Together (FACT)

• Ms. Betty Anderson, Volunteer – Hannibal Free Clinic

• Dr. Wendy Harrington, President – Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation

• Ms. Julie Leverenz, Ms. Jean Kane, Mr. Jim Huhn, Mr. Paul McVicker – Hannibal Regional Hospital Project Coordinators and Support Team

For more information about the survey, the upcoming town hall meeting, or this regional health assessment and strategic planning process, contact Julie Leverenz, Vice President – Strategy and Planning for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and project coordinator for the CHNA, at Julie.leverenz@hrhonline.org.

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