Deadline December 31 to Participate in Survey

Goodland Regional Medical Center (GRMC), in conjunction with the Sherman County Public Health Department, is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify major community health challenges, gaps in service, and other factors that may contribute to unmet health needs locally. The last day to participate in this survey is December 31.

To date, 412 responses have been received.  This represents 9.3 percent of Sherman County adult citizens.  The goal is to have at least 600 responses by the end of 2020, but even more would be beneficial. Representation from the entire county, including those from Kanorado or non-incorporated Sherman County, is needed.

“We appreciate everyone that has already taken the time to take this survey, but we need more feedback,” said Jennifer Cure, Sherman County Health Officer.  “All of the health service providers in the county – whether medical, dental, vision, or other alternative medicine – need to understand what the true needs of our residents are, what prevents people from receiving care, and how we can improve services to better meet those needs.”

Produced every three years, the CHNA provides critical data gathered from public surveys and focus groups to determine the health needs of Sherman County citizens. The report will be published on the GRMCs website and printed copies are available upon request from GRMC or the County Health Department.

The first step in the CHNA process is a citizen survey, which is being conducted by a third party, Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF). The public survey opened November 1. The goal is to get as many Sherman County citizens as possible to respond to ensure every voice is heard.

Surveys can be completed online at

https://gmedctr.formstack.com/forms/2020shchna (English) or

https://gmedctr.formstack.com/forms/2020shchnaspan (Spanish).

Paper copies in English or Spanish are available upon request by calling GRMC at 785-890-6036 or by emailing info@gnwkcf.org.

“The survey is completely anonymous,” stated Carol Sloper, consultant from GNWKCF. “I know some people are hesitant to provide personal data or opinions in surveys, but there is no way to link responses to any individual. These surveys are confidential and anonymous. Without honest and complete feedback, the CHNA will not paint the true picture of Sherman County’s health needs.”

Responses from citizens will help guide action steps in addressing the health needs in Sherman County.  Once the survey is complete, community input will be sought through a stakeholder forum open to the public to help prioritize goals, develop objectives, and establish a strategic plan to improve the health outcomes of Sherman County.

“The CHNA is an essential part of the hospital leadership teams visioning,” stated Josh Neff, GRMC interim CEO and Administrator. “While it’s a requirement of critical access hospitals to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, we view it as more than just checking a box. It helps us take a look at the services we provide and how they are delivered compared to what our community really needs. It is a chance to make adjustments to ensure health equity in Sherman County.”

All citizens of Sherman County are encouraged to take this survey. For more information about the survey, contact Amy Dovidio at 785-890-6036 or amy.dovidio@goodlandregional.com.

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