A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted to provide an understanding of the state of health in a community and the social factors contributing to and influencing health in the area. The CHNA may then be used as a guide for development of community health improvement strategies.
The periodic updating of assessments reflect changes in health status and factors over time and help ensure ongoing improvement efforts are based on the current needs of the community.
Saint Thomas Health and its member hospitals, conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) of the communities it serves every three years. These assessments of unmet health needs provide a basis for addressing the health needs of the communities we serve, and a reference for each of the hospital’s implementation strategy (community benefit plan) ensuring our work within our communities are aligned with the community needs and our Saint Thomas Health mission.
2016 Saint Thomas Health Priority Health Needs
- Access to Care / Care Coordination
- Mental & Emotional Health / Substance Abuse
- Wellness / Disease Prevention
- Social Determinants
2013 Saint Thomas Health Priority Health Needs
Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
Saint Thomas West Hospital
Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery
Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
For additional information and collaboration inquiries, please contact:
Nancy Zuech Lim, MPH
Executive Director, Community Health & Benefit / Saint Thomas Health
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.