Health care providers seek community input
JANESVILLE The Rock County Health Department and local health care providers are seeking input from residents to identify health care issues that most seriously affect the community.
The input gathered through surveys and a series of listening sessions will be used in a community health needs assessment, said Karen Cain, county health officer.
Under the new federal health care requirements, hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years. The health department is working with the four hospitals in Rock County to do one assessment, which must be done by June, she said.
The study will identify health priorities and prepare plans to improve the overall health of residents.
Each of the hospitals—Edgerton Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, St. Mary's Janesville Hospital and Beloit Memorial Hospital—will gather information from the communities it serves and develop a plan, including appropriate programming, Cain said.
"Edgerton might have completely different health care needs than Beloit or Janesville," she said.
Each provider will have a "piece of the pie" in meeting the needs, she said. The health department, for example, might look at the low immunization rates in the county while a hospital might focus on people with diabetes, she said.
Other partners in the assessment include HealthNet of Rock County, Rock County Human Services, Beloit Area Community Health Center and the UW Extension.
IF YOU GO
Health care leaders across Rock County will meet with community members in a series of surveys and listening sessions on the health care wants and needs in the area.
The following discussions are open to the public:
-- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville.
-- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, Mercy Center at Mercy Hospital, 1000 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville.
-- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, American Legion, 3913 S. Highway 213, Orfordville.
-- 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, Milton City Hall, 430 E. High St., Milton.
-- 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, auditorium at Beloit Memorial Hospital, 1969 W. Hart Road, Beloit.
-- 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 4, Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St., Janesville.
-- 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road, Clinton.
-- 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, 11101 N. Sherman Road, Edgerton.
For more information, call (608) 757-5440.