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Community Health Needs Assessment

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In fiscal year 2016, Suburban Hospital conducted its second community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify the most current important health issues surrounding the hospital using scientifically valid health indicators and comparative information. This process was executed with a three-tiered approach:

  1. Collaborating with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and four county hospitals to conduct a county-wide community health needs assessment called Healthy Montgomery.
    One of the health priorities identified in both the county and Suburban’s community health needs assessment is the obesity epidemic. Watch this short video to see how Healthy Montgomery is addressing obesity from three lenses. Suburban Hospital’s implementation plan aligns with the county’s strategy of addressing obesity through physical activity and health care delivery.
  2. Engaging health experts by establishing a Community Benefit Advisory Council (CBAC) that advise on the direction of the needs assessment.
  3. Conducting a community health survey to asess the needs and insights of the community members who live in the 15 ZIP codes of Suburban Hopsital's community benefit service area.

The assessment helped to identify priority health issues affecting Montgomery County as a whole and specifically residents of Suburban Hospital’s community benefit service area. The CHNA 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 Suburban Hospital's 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.

The hospital completed an implementation plan that was adopted by the hospital Board of Trustees in fiscal year 2016. The implementation plan connects 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 resources will generate the greatest impact. 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan

Community members are invited to submit their comments and/or questions in response to Suburban’s 2016 CHNA and/or implementation strategy via email at or by phone at 301-896-3572.

Also available: Suburban Hospital's Community Health Needs Assessment 2013