On July 1, 2012, Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) initiated a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) as required by IRS for all non-profit hospitals. With the assistance of the consulting firm of Stratasan, L.L.C. from Nashville, TN, the Peterson staff and community members and organizations with a vested interest in the health and wellness of our area began this highly beneficial and collaborative exercise to identify the most unmet health needs in our area.
The five month, four stage exercise included one-on-one interviews with civic and organization leaders and community members and a ½ day Summit to hear the results from Stratasan and to come up with goals and an action plan to meet the needs identified. The over 50 attendees represented a cross section of leaders, healthcare members, city and county and state employees, high and low income community members, and special service staff that represented our religious, indigent, and non-profit youth and educational organizations.
Peterson Regional Medical Center embraced the exercise and began meeting the needs as identified immediately. While there are many issues your hospital can focus on in order to make Kerr County and the surrounding area the healthiest place to live these six issues were predominate and our areas of focus to begin: Access to medical care and affordability; Obesity; Chronic Disease and Education; Smoking/Tobacco Use; Mental Health/Substance Abuse; and Aging Issues. For the full CHNA as report, click here. (Copies are distributed throughout the community and at civic presentations. If you would like a copy, call the Marketing Department at (830)258-7628 or stop by the front desk at 551 Hill Country Drive, Kerrville, TX.
We will update this page quarterly to outline the work that is being done to meet the goals outlined.