Suburban Hospital’s footprint has long been rooted in community health. In living out its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care, the services provided by our staff expand beyond the walls of the hospital and deep into Montgomery County, nurturing a healthy, vibrant and resilient community. The following describes Suburban’s process for community health improvement, which guides and informs our work to achieve significant and lasting change.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Every three years, Suburban Hospital conducts and publishes the result of a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify important health issues impacting the hospital using scientifically valid health indicators and comparative information. The development of the CHNA report involves a three-step process:
- Collaborating with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and local hospitals to conduct a county-wide community health needs assessment called Healthy Montgomery.
- Engaging health experts by establishing a Community Health Improvement Advisory Council (CHIAC) to guide the direction of the assessment.
- Conducting a community health survey to assess the needs and insights of community members living in Suburban Hospital's Community Benefit Service Area (CBSA).
The most recent CHNA, conducted in 2019, identified the following health priorities for our community:
- Cardiovascular Health
- Behavioral Health
The resulting report represents Suburban Hospital’s efforts to share information that can lead to improved health status and quality of care for residents, while building upon and strengthening the community’s existing infrastructure of services and providers.
Read the 2019 CHNA.
Community Health Implementation Strategy
Developed every three years in response to the latest CHNA and adopted by the Board of Trustees, Suburban Hospital’s implementation strategy is a roadmap for addressing community health priorities and improving health outcomes. The strategy considers where resources will generate the greatest impact by applying three critical lenses:
- Health Equity: Reduce gaps in access to preventive services for vulnerable populations
- Access to Care: Increase access to specialty care for low-income and uninsured residents
- Healthy Behaviors: Promote healthy and active living
The implementation strategy connects the hospital, community partners, clinicians and other resources with identified health needs. Suburban Hospital aligns health priorities with the areas of greatest identified need and considers where the hospital’s resources will generate the greatest impact.
Community benefit initiatives and programs at Suburban Hospital address local community health needs identified by our community health needs assessment. Community benefit includes the following:
- Community health services
- Health professional education
- Mission-driven health services
- Financial contributions
- Community building activities
- Charity care
Access our most recent community benefit report.
See Community Health & Wellness activities during Community Health Improvement Week 2018.
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