Community Health Assessments
Rutland Regional Medical Center, as required by federal regulations, conducts a Community Needs Assessment every three years. The 2012 assessment was recently completed in Fall 2012.
Managed by the Rutland County Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee, these Needs Assessments include a broad range of data and input from within the hospital and around the community and region. Information includes secondary data from other sources as well as individual input through consumer surveys and through focus group meetings. All of the information gathered is reviewed and prioritized by a broad, community-based committee.
The purpose of the assessments is to:
- Describe the health status of the community
- Identify the community’s health needs
- Compare the needs to those identified previously
The assessment results are used to monitor changes in the health of the community, serving as guidance for the development of services and the allocation of resources based on opportunities and needs. Organizations, including Rutland Regional, use this important information to guide their planning. For Rutland Regional, specifically, assessment data helps determine the development of new hospital services and community programs.