Community Health Needs Assessment Overview

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 creates an opportunity for hospitals and public health agencies to accelerate community health improvement by conducting triennial community health needs assessments and adopting related implementation strategies that address significant health needs.

Early in 2013, Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services and Methodist Medical Center partnered to conduct a joint community health needs assessment for Anderson County. Although both organizations provide health care for multiple counties, Anderson County was selected for the assessment. Anderson County is where both institutions receive the majority of their patients and deploy the bulk of their community benefit resources.

By combining the expertise of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services and Methodist Medical Center, the mental and physical dimensions of health have both been incorporated, offering a unique perspective in identifying the broader health needs of Anderson County.