Bothwell seeks community input on health issues

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Bothwell Regional Health Center is seeking input from local residents regarding their opinion on health matters in the area.

As a requirement from the IRS to keep its tax-exempt status, Bothwell must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years, getting input from residents in Pettis and Benton counties. The survey asks questions regarding people’s thoughts on health status and the community’s needs, said Community Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Hanning.

“We’re wanting people to give their input on the health of the community, things we’re doing well, areas of improvement that can be made,” she said. “We’re wanting feedback from lots of individuals with lots of different perspectives in the community.

“We gather the data from the survey, and we gather information from focus groups we have conducted — we had two earlier this year and have one more in January in Benton County,” she added. “We take that data and develop strategies to overcome concerns people identify.”

Hanning said the data is compiled and used for those hospital strategies, but it is also compiled into a report which is distributed throughout the community and posted on Bothwell’s website.

“The questions include a variety of things like health history — have they ever smoked, have they been told they have certain types of health conditions?” Hanning explained. “Do they have trouble accessing a physician (locally) to treat something specific and if so, why was that hard — was it because no one was available, no appointments available? What do you think are most pressing health problems in our community? There are numerous boxes there based on people’s perspectives that gives places where people can write in health services Bothwell should provide or are not available.”

Hanning said the survey only takes six-to-seven minutes to fill out, and those who take the time to complete it will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

“It’s a great opportunity to give your feedback on how you feel about the health of our community,” she said. “We encourage anyone in Pettis and Benton counties to complete the survey. It won’t take long and we greatly appreciate the input and look forward to compiling data to crate strategies to overcome some of the concerns.”

Citizens can fill out the survey by visiting and clicking on the link for the assessment in the site’s main banner. The survey will be online through Jan. 15.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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