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Greene, Putnam residents urged to tell us about healthcare needs

GREENSBORO, Ga. – December 13, 2018 – If you live in Greene or Putnam counties, your input is needed to help St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital and other providers better meet the healthcare needs of our community.

In partnership with the University of Georgia, St. Mary’s is surveying area residents for its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This assessment is conducted every three years, as required by the IRS, to get the best possible picture of the region’s health needs. St. Mary’s and other providers use the information to decide how best to allocate resources to address the community’s unmet needs.

A link to the survey can be found at https://www.stmarysgoodsam.org/chna/.

“Good Samaritan Hospital will develop an implementation strategy based on the top 10 health needs that the CHNA finds in our community,” said Beth Patrick, Good Samaritan’s director of community outreach and administrative services. “When people complete the survey, they help us focus our resources where they will do the most good for the people most in need.”

For example, Patrick said, the 2016 CHNA process identified cancer, cardiovascular health – especially diabetes and obesity – and access to care as three of the most pressing needs in Good Samaritan’s service area.

“Due to that, we have partnered with St. Mary’s Medical Group and Tendercare Clinic to recruit primary care physicians to our area, including rotations for St. Mary’s resident physicians,” she said. “In addition, we offer no-cost mammograms in October for underserved women in our community, and we have developed programs in diabetes education and healthy lifestyles.”

The survey is voluntary and all responses are confidential. You can choose not to answer any question. Everyone who participates in the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a weekly drawing for a gift card.

Questions begin with basic demographic information, then continue with information about topics such as insurance status, access to transportation, known health conditions, affordability of medications, diet and exercise, housing quality, neighborhood safety, and whether you are able to see a doctor or dentist when you need to.

The online survey will be open until Jan. 31 for any resident of Greene and Putnam counties and adjacent areas. For more information about the survey, please contact Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams at 706.713.2701 or by email at gbagwell@uga.edu. For information about St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital’s CHNA process and community benefits program, please visit www.stmarysgoodsam.org/about-us/community-benefit.

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