In the past 10 years, the hospital has strived to identify the needs of the community by giving the community a voice through its Community Needs Assessment.
The goal for the 2010 Community Needs Assessment is to identify the assets of the community and determine potential concerns and challenges that it faces. A straightforward way to discover the needs of a community is to ask residents their opinions about the issues and problems facing the community.
Last week, St. Vincent Clay Hospital sent out the 2010 Community Needs Assessment survey tool to 1,200 random households in Clay County.
Those who received a survey in the mail are asked to take time to complete it and return it.
Participation provides an opportunity to help assess and prioritize the needs of the community.
Once the surveys have been returned, the hospital will work with officials at Indiana State University to compose the results, which will be shared with the community, media and public.
The results of the 2010 Community Health Needs Assessment will highlight the needs, health disparities, and assets of Clay County, while helping the hospital direct its resources to provide greater impact in the community.
Those who received surveys are asked to return them by Aug. 31.