Healthcare Reform Legislation (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) requires non- profit hospitals to perform a community health needs assessment every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the outstanding community health needs identified in the assessment as a condition of maintaining the organizations federal tax exemption.
In 2013, The North Valley Health Center (NVHC) elected to collaborate with four community hospitals and public health organizations in the five-county region to prepare health needs assessments and use these documents as a planning tool to assist in initiating strategic initiatives to support medical services. The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) planning committee and report served as a significant launching-off point for documenting needs and initiating the process of strategy implementation for years to come.
More recently in 2016, under the guidance of NVHC CEO Jon Linnell, the 2019 CHNA report incorporated the expertise of the director of North Valley Public Health, Frances Tougas, and Dr. Garth Kruger of EvaluationGroup, LLC. Dr. Kruger’s role was to gather demographic and health statistics to provide an understanding of the information available about the region and to gather and report community health needs data via a survey. Frances Tougas’ role as the director of public health was to provide direction, feedback and guidance on the data collection activities as well as identify health priorities. North Valley Public Health provides financial oversight, grant management and administrative support for a wide range of local public health and human service support programs in Marshall County.