Family Health West working on needs survey

Family Health West is finding out if it’s meeting the needs of the Lower Valley.

The Fruita hospital is in the midst of a Community Health Needs Assessment that involves three meetings with stakeholders and a community-wide survey. The first meeting took place April 29 and the other two will take place June 24 and Aug. 12. Meeting participants have already been selected and include local health care and public service representatives who will spent the first meeting discussing community health care concerns.

The next meeting will offer a chance for attendees to discuss results of the community-wide survey, which is available online through the end of May at The 32-question survey asks participants about past interactions with local hospitals and medical providers, including how long it took to get an appointment and which services may be a nice addition to Family Health West.

At the final stakeholder meeting, participants will compare their concerns with those raised in the survey and try to come up with solutions for filling perceived gaps in Lower Valley medical care.

The assessment is required for nonprofit health care facilities under new health care law, according to Angelina Salazar, director of development, contributions and customer service for Family Health West. But that doesn’t mean she sees it as a burden.

“Even though it’s mandated, it’s an awesome opportunity as we expand,” she said.

So far, Salazar said meeting participants have pinpointed the need for expanded mental health care in the region as a top concern. The survey results are expected to help reveal any other needs the community would like to see filled.

“We’ll take that information and if there are health needs we can provide, we’ll plan for that future,” Salazar said. “If the perception is we’re not providing something but we do, we’ll make it more prominent in the minds of the community and give the care people expect.”


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