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Voice your opinions about health care in Adams County

April 26, 2012

    Residents of Adams County and the surrounding areas may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox. 
    A survey will be sent to a random sample of homes in late April and it is designed to help Adams Memorial Hospital identify the health services needed in the community, the hospital said in a news release. The information will be used for strategic planning, grant applications, new programs, and by community groups interested in addressing health issues.
    The National Rural Health Resource Center of Duluth, Minnesota, is assisting Adams Memorial in the analysis of local community needs, use of local health care services and overall community health. The process was developed to maintain quality health care to serve the continuing and future needs of the community, the news release said.
    The community healthcare assessment process promotes health care as a local affair. Health care delivered in rural communities is affordable, high quality, and necessary to the good health of the entire community, the local hospital said. Citizens of rural counties can take responsibility for the health of their community by completing the survey they receive in their mailbox.
    Most communities face a large number of complex issues in providing high quality healthcare, but, fortunately, Adams County can engage effective problem-solving, which is the most important factor in the survival of rural health services, according to the news release.
    An accompanying goal of the process, it was noted, is to keep health care dollars within the local community. While the vast majority of health care can be provided locally, rural citizens often drive to large medical centers for care, spending money on health care and non-health care purchases that could be spent locally. It is estimated that within a typical rural community, millions of dollars of revenue is lost in this way, according to the hospital release.
    This revenue could be retained in the local community with stronger community- health care provider linkages.
    Adams Memorial Hospital services include the folllowing:
    Behavioral health, cardiopulmonary services, community CPR classes, diabetes education, business/corporate medical services, Adams Extended Care Center, Urgent-Care/StatCare, Emergency Services, and Intensive Care unit.
    Also, internal medicine, laboratory, Medical/Surgical Unit, Maternity Center, Medicaid clinic, radiology, oncology, orthopaedic care, Pathways Adult Day Care services, rehabilitation services (PT, OT, and Speech), sleep lab, general and specialty surgery, and the Worthman Fitness Center.
    “We look forward to working with the National Rural Health Resource Center and the residents of Adams County to improve and expand healthcare services in our community.  Our mission is to serve our community with compassion and excellence, and this survey will help us do just that,” stated Tom Nordwick, President and CEO of Adams Health Network.   
    “We are pleased to be able to bring some of the best community health resources in the country to Adams Memorial Hospital.  The goal of this initiative is to assist forward-thinking rural hospitals and communities in aligning their resources, to address their present and future needs in the best way possible,” said Terry Hill, Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center.

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