COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESMENT
SwedishAmerican Hospital (SAH) contracted with McGladrey to conduct a Community Health
Needs Assessment (CHNA), as required by Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(r).
SwedishAmerican Hospital defined its community for the CHNA as Boone, Ogle, and
Winnebago Counties, Illinois, since over 85% of inpatients draw from this area. Both primary
and secondary data were collected to identify health needs within the hospital’s community.
Primary data was collected from interviews with community leaders and stakeholders. The
hospital commissioned 20 in-depth interviews with community members who represent the
broad interests as well as the specific populations in the Rockford area. Secondary data was collected using databases created by other agencies or organizations.
For information about the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, please refer to the following PDF documents :
The Action Plan
Six primary health concerns have resulted from a comprehensive review and assessment of
primary and secondary data. These areas align seamlessly with community health concerns
discussed regularly in weekly leadership meetings, leading to the natural selection of the
internal CHNA project team to take the lead in the prioritization process. The prioritization
discussion around community needs resulted in the following order:
As a result of these findings, an action plan has been put into place on how to address these health concerns.
- Poverty and Unemployment
- Economic and Logistical Access to Care
- Vulnerable Populations: Hispanic/Latino Population