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(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) is conducting a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify current health needs and develop strategies to positively impact health and wellness changes. CCMH conducts a community health needs assessment every three years.

The overarching goal of the assessment is to create a long-term plan and systematic effort that improves community health and wellness.

“Listening gives us the insight we need to best serve the people in our region,” Bill Bruce, President and CEO of CCMH said. “Past assessments led to the recruitment of additional physicians, creation of the patient transportation service, the addition of the City Center clinic, and extended hours and a Saturday morning clinic at the Main Campus.”

CCMH is reviewing existing health care data and is seeking additional input from community and county residents. The CHNA process includes a review of benchmarked county health data along with an initiative that involves the community through surveys and focus groups. The process began in March and will continue through the end of May 2019.

Bruce went on to say, “We believe the health needs of our community can best be understood and addressed through a process that includes input from a variety of sources. We know we are stronger, and healthier, when we work together to identify, plan and serve the needs of residents in the communities we serve. ”

Bruce also explained residents can provide their input by taking an online survey. For English speakers, the survey can be found at Spanish speaking residents can find the same survey in their native language at The surveys will remain available to residents for their input through March 31, 2019.

Paper copies of the surveys, in both languages, are available at CCMH at 100 Medical Parkway in Denison, or at the Chamber and Development Council offices, located at 18 S. Main St. in Denison.