Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (March 14, 2014)---Botsford Hospital has complied with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), and to make these reports accessible to the public. The act requires a CHNA every three years, which allows hospitals---in collaboration with other community organizations---to obtain a picture of the major health needs facing residents. The hospital focused its CHNA assessment on Farmington/Farmington Hills given its almost 50-year presence in this area.
The CHNA reflects Botsford Hospital's long-standing commitment to working with area residents to identify and address the most urgent health needs in the communities it serves. The CHNA engages those who live in the hospital's surrounding communities and serves to reinforce their role as being managers of their own health.
Margo Gorchow, R.N., vice-president for Community Relations, served as Botsford's CHNA team leader. Public Sector Consultants Inc., a public policy and research firm in Lansing, was retained to design and evaluate the survey, facilitate the Community Advisory Assessment Council and focus group meetings, and develop the final report. This 34-member council selected Alan Maxey, chairman of Neighborhood House, as council chairman, which reinforced the community's ownership of this project.
"The council defined Botsford's CHNA purpose and scope, and identified health concerns," said Maxey. "Based on our experience and community knowledge, our preliminary list of major health issues included overweight and inactivity, access to health care, and mental health."
An assessment survey tool was developed, reflecting the council's work. Council members distributed the survey, which was available on paper and online. Primary data was collected and analyzed from this survey (N=711 of Farmington/Farmington Hills residents) and two focus groups (N=26). Secondary demographic data from Oakland County and the State of Michigan was incorporated for comparison purposes in the final report.
This report details the data collected through the survey and focus group process. For example:
- Almost one in 10 survey respondents said a health professional diagnosed them with diabetes.
- More than a third of respondents concurred with the council by selecting "overweight and inactivity" as the most important health issue in the community.
- Six percent of respondents said they smoke cigarettes every day even though doing so contributes to the development of cancer, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Assessing the collected data, the council ranked priority health issues, reviewed available resources currently deployed to address these issues, and developed an action plan that includes broad goals, population-based measures, and an initial set of strategies for each priority issue. For more information, read Botsford's CHNA, including the action plan, at http://www.botsford.org/about/Botsford_Hospital_CHNA_FULL_December_2013.pdf. For a printed copy of the survey, please contact Botsford's Community Relations Department at 248-473-6177.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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