HMC and Habersham Archway seek community input on Health Needs Assessment

What are your top community health concerns?  What is your health status? What barriers are preventing you from being healthy?  That’s what Habersham Medical Center and the University of Georgia/Habersham Archway Partnership are trying to find out in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Tax-exempt hospitals, like Habersham Medical Center, are required to complete a CHNA every three years by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and it is used to identify and prioritize the most significant health needs of residents served by community hospitals. The assessment also will help identify vulnerable populations, local assets and what additional resources are needed as well as resident preference and support of Habersham Medical Center’s existing services.  

The process began with a focus group of community leaders, nonprofit organizations and healthcare professionals conducted by two doctorate students from the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health.   The students are also compiling and evaluating statistics of our local population from national and state resources including life expectancy, leading causes of death and the percentage of health conditions like heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

On behalf of Habersham Medical Center, I would like to publicly thank Rick Story, the Habersham Archway Partnership Professional, the Habersham Archway Partnership’s Health Work Group and the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health for volunteering lots of time and resources to complete this assessment. 

Please take some time to complete the survey. To receive an electronic link to the assessment or to have a printed copy mailed to you, email or click on the link below.  Your input is invaluable as we, as a healthcare system, strive to better meet the health needs of our community.  Deadline to complete the assessment is April 15, 2016.  Results of the survey will be made public on the HMC website,

Jerry Wise, CEO, Habersham Medical Center