Community Health Needs Assessment
Great River Health System has a tradition of working with people in southeast
Iowa to determine and meet the needs of our community. To enhance quality
of care, the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established
a requirement that all nonprofit hospitals complete a community health
needs assessment every three years.
To do this, Great River Health System and Des Moines County Public Health
Department work together to identify the community’s greatest unmet
health care needs. Methods include doing face-to-face interviews, reviewing
relevant data and providing surveys. The health system uses the research
results to create its response to the identified needs, increase access
to care and improve the health of people living in Des Moines County and
its entire service area.