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Let your voice be heard in county-wide health needs assessment

November 21, 2023 

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, St. Clair County Health Department, East Side Health District and BJC HealthCare Memorial Hospital are once again collaborating on a project to assess the health needs of the residents of St. Clair County.

As  part of the assessment process, these health care entities are asking all county residents to help identify health issues and concerns through a brief 10-minute online community survey. The feedback provided will help identify priority health issues for inclusion in the St. Clair County Health Improvement Plan. 

Residents can take the survey now through Dec. 1, 2023. Responses are anonymous. 

Take the survey now!


Nonprofit  hospitals, like St. Elizabeth’s, must complete a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every  three years as a  requirement of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Hospitals provide their reports to the Internal Revenue Service. Local health departments are required by the Illinois Department of Public Health to complete community health assessments every five years through guidelines established by the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN).

Following  the survey and other information gathering, the collaborating organizations will determine which health priorities they should address over the next three years and how to implement those priorities. The completed CHNA report with identified health priorities will be available by the end of June 2024, and the final improvement plan will be made available in November 2024.

Eight other Illinois hospitals in Hospital Sisters Health System will also be conducting health needs assessments in the coming months. They are HSHS St. John’s Hospital for Sangamon County, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital for Macon County, HSHS St. Francis Hospital for Montgomery and Macoupin counties, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for Effingham and Jasper counties, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese for Clinton County, HSHS Holy Family Hospital for Bond County, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland for Madison County.
 
Let your voice be heard in county-wide health needs assessment