The Patient Care and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires that all 501(c)(3) hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment process to meet the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. The overarching view of the community assessment must be health needs from the perspective of the community, not the perspective of the health providers.
During 2012 and 2013, North Memorial Medical Center conducted its first community health needs assessment and adopted an implementation strategy based on community health needs identified through the assessment. Others will be done every three years. The community health needs assessment took into account input from those who represent the broad interests of the community including:
- Persons with special knowledge of or expertise in public health
- Representatives of the medically underserved, low income and minority populations
- Populations with chronic disease needs
North Memorial's community health needs assessment report includes a description of the community served, the process and methods used to conduct the assessment and a prioritized description of all the community health needs identified through the community health needs assessment.
Download the report (PDF).