Voice your Opinions about Health Care in Ogle County Health Survey
Rochelle, IL-- Community members in Rochelle and Ogle County may soon be receiving a Community Health Needs Assessment survey in their mailbox. This survey, which is being sent to a random sample of homes in February, is designed to help Rochelle Community Hospital identify the health services needed in the community. This 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 Rochelle Community Hospital in the analysis of local community healthcare needs, use of local health care services and overall community health. This process was developed to maintain quality health care to serve the continuing and future needs of the community.
The community healthcare assessment 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. Citizens of rural counties can take responsibility for the health of their community by completing the survey they receive in their mailbox. Many communities face a large number of complex issues in providing high quality healthcare, but fortunately, Ogle County can engage effective problem-solving, which is the most important factor in the survival of rural health services.
An accompanying goal of this process 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. This revenue could be retained in the local community with stronger community-health care provider linkages.
Rochelle Community Hospital’s services include: emergency room, laboratory, physical therapy, radiology/diagnostic imaging, surgery, diabetes care, Convenient Care Clinic, respiratory therapy, cardiac rehab/fitness center, infusion/chemotherapy, Convenient Care Clinic, Multi-Specialty Clinic, Family Healthcare Clinic, and occupational health/On-the-Go Healthcare Clinic.
“These survey results will help us identify new services important to our residents, while at the same time continuing to provide those services that have proven to be necessary and important to the patients we serve,” stated Karen Tracy, Vice President of Administration, Quality and Risk Management.
“We are pleased to be able to bring some of the best community health resources in the country to Rochelle Community 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.
RCH Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator