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Community Health Needs Survey Now Available

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital (HAMH) and Sawyer County Public Health (SCPH) are working together to conduct each organization’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Every three years, hospitals are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and every five years counties are required to complete a CHNA. HAMH and SCPH are working closely together on this process following the hospital’s timeline.

One of the first steps in conducting the 2023-2025 Community Health Needs Assessment is to gather feedback from the community and gain community support by asking residents to complete a short survey. In order to gather information on the respondents’ greatest concerns and to provide comparative data, the survey questions will be similar to those asked on previous surveys.

“Our community faces a large number of complex issues in providing high quality healthcare and other community services,” says Luke Beirl, CEO of Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge. “Fortunately, the hospital and Sawyer County are working together to engage community members, organizations and service providers to create a plan to address our greatest needs.”

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunityHealthNeeds2021survey

Paper copies of the survey may be requested by contacting Cherie Morgan at 715-934-4325 or camorgan@hamhwe.com. The survey completion deadline is May 21, 2021.

Following the completion of the survey, additional feedback will be gathered from a variety of hospital and public health community partners. Partners include multiple agencies such as area clinics and a variety of health care partners including mental health and AODA services, social services, law enforcement, schools, senior services, area businesses and government entities and agencies.

The information received from the CHNA will be used to write a comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP will be implemented, published and shared with the community in the Spring of 2022 for years 2023-2025.

“You do not need to be from Sawyer County to take the survey,” says Cherie Morgan, Director of Marketing and Communications and CHNA/CHIP Coordinator. “In fact, we want to hear from everyone in our area. HAMHWE serves multiple counties, and the identified needs and Community Health Improvement Plan will focus on the most important needs identified by the broader community we serve.”

For more information contact, Cherie Morgan, Director of Marketing and Communications for Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge at camorgan@hamhwe.com or 715-934-4325.



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