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Community Health Needs Assessment

Assessing Community Health In Nelsonville


Doctors Hospital Nelsonville is pleased to present its Community Health Needs Assessment for our community. We are confident this Assessment presents an excellent summary of the health needs of the community we serve.

Below is a link to the Doctors Hospital Nelsonville Community Health Needs Assessment. Doctors Hospital Nelsonville is committed to improving the health of those we serve, which is why we are passionate about meeting the needs within the community. Doctors Hospital Nelsonville has developed implementation strategies to meet the needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment. OhioHealth and Doctors Hospital Nelsonville will continue to provide substantial Community Benefit by improving quality of care, increasing access to care and enhancing services to our community, patients and their families. We look forward to working with community partners to address these needs.

2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF)

Contact Information

For more information about Doctors Hospital Nelsonville and this report, please contact Shawna Bosse Davis, System Vice President of Community and Government Relations for OhioHealth at (614) 544-4423, [email protected]

Comments regarding this report should be directed to [email protected].

Community Served by Doctors Hospital Nelsonville

Doctors Hospital Nelsonville is located at 1950 Mount Saint Mary Drive, Nelsonville, Athens County, Ohio 45764. In developing this Community Health Needs Assessment, we identified the "community served" by Doctors Hospital Nelsonville as the residents of Athens County. See the zip codes and communities considered within Athens County.

We believe that defining the community we serve in this way is supported by where our patients reside. The Ohio Department of Health requires each hospital that is registered in Ohio to file an Annual Hospital Registration and Planning Report by March 1 of each calendar year. A review of the patient origin data from the Annual Hospital Registration and Planning Reports for Doctors Hospital Nelsonville for 2011 supports the definition of the "community served" as being the residents of Athens County, Ohio. For 2011, 95.63% of all hospital discharges reside in Athens County at the time of admission.

Community Input

It was important to us to get input as to the health needs of our community from those outside of our Hospital. Community input for this report was provided through a series of meetings with community representatives who represented the broad interests of the community service by our Hospital. The community representatives who participated in these meetings are listed on page 16 of this report. The meetings were led by representatives from Ohio University's School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Doctors Hospital Nelsonville and OhioHealth and held from October 2011 through May 2012.

It was also important to us that individuals with special expertise in public health participate. Among those who participated were:

Ruth Dudding, Certified Health Education Specialty, Health educator, Athens City-County Health Department, 2000 – present.

Lucrecia Johnson, program coordinator, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility and Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program. Ms. Johnson has over 11 years of social work experience with an emphasis on medical social work, developing, organizing, and implementing social services.

Pam Hunt, coordinator, State Office of Rural Health. Ms. Hunt participates in health status data review, community health assessment, and program planning and evaluation.

Laura Milazzo, senior research associate, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, 2003 – present. Responsibilities include manage and conduct health and social service projects including evaluation, applied research and planning for foundations, non-profits, social service organizations and state/local government agencies.

Sara Boyd, senior project manager, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, September, 2010 – June, 2011