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HSHS St. Francis Hospital to Complete Health Needs Assessment

HSHS St. Francis Hospital will collaborate on a project to assess the health needs of the residents of Macoupin and Montgomery counties. As part of the assessment process, the hospital will ask county residents to help identify pressing community health needs through an online survey.

The survey goes online Jan.12, 2018 and will be open until Feb. 12, 2018. Residents can access the survey HERE . The Survey Research Office at the University of Illinois at Springfield will conduct the survey.
Meghan Bertolino, the hospital’s community outreach facilitator said, “Nonprofit hospitals must complete a community health needs assessment every three years. This is a requirement of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Hospitals provide their reports to the Internal Revenue Service.”

She explained that in 2015 St. Francis completed their assessment which led to the collaboration with Catholic Charities in the development of the Dental Voucher Program. This program launched in January 2016. It offers dental care for underinsured or uninsured adults within the two counties. Five area dentists participate by providing coverage for up to two dental exams with X-ray, one extraction and up to three fillings per year. Bertolino added that over 70 patients have utilized the program.

Copies of the hospital’s CHNA survey will be available to various community organizations to distribute to residents who don't have access to a computer. They also will be available in the hospital’s front lobby.
Following the survey, the university will provide the hospital with an outcomes report. The hospital will determine which health priorities to address over the next three years and how to implement those priorities. Results will be announced in fall 2018.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital is part of Hospital Sisters Health System. Other hospitals in Hospital Sisters Health System's central Illinois division conducting health needs assessments are HSHS St. John’s Hospital for Sangamon County and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital for Macon County.



About HSHS St. Francis Hospital
HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Illinois offers a full range of health care services including an advanced surgery center; cancer care center; imaging for diagnostic purposes; and physical, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition, St. Francis is the only hospital in the two county area providing maternity services. The hospital is a member of Hospital Sisters Health System and is located halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit www.stfrancis-litchfield.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.


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