Hospital seeks survey input

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 5, 2013

Now is the time for those thinking that Mizell Memorial Hospital should add more services or expand the ones currently being offered to disclose their opinions.

Jana Wyatt, Mizell CEO, said that beginning Monday and continuing through early August, the hospital will be administering a “Community Health Needs Assessment,” or CHNA. The survey is a requirement for non-profit, charitable hospitals through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at least once every three years, Wyatt said.

“The first step in the process is to make sure that everyone in the community is aware of the survey and how to gain access to it,” she said. “We are looking for as many respondents as possible to have a meaningful assessment. Anyone and everyone 18 and above who resides in our service area is encouraged to participate.”

Wyatt said the most convenient way to access and complete the survey is online at Paper copies will also be available at various locations around the community including the hospital switchboard. A paper survey, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for easy return may be requested by calling 334-493-9112.

“Participants are encouraged to include comments at the end of the survey realizing, that it would be impossible to cover every health situation by utilizing the questionnaire alone,” Wyatt said. “The purpose of the CHNA is to find out the particular health needs of our community and then determine how we as a hospital can best meet those needs.

“We are especially looking for comments about new or desired services,” she said. “Of equal importance is to know of any hindrances that limit access to care. Comments may also address health concerns for household dependents not completing the survey.”

Wyatt said that information will to create and adopt an implementation strategy and the results will be available to the public.

“Mizell is excited to hear from the community and receive valuable feedback that will be used in its annual strategic planning session with the board in late August,” she said. “We also look forward to sharing the final report with the community by late September.”