Community Health Services Development Reports
In early 2019, the Ruby Valley Medical Center participated in the Community Health Services Development Project administered by the Montana Office of Rural Health. The Community Health Services Development (CHSD) project is a community health needs assessment process that helps Montana Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) engage members of their rural community to identify and measure the community’s health needs, recognize potential gaps in healthcare services, and develop specific strategies to prioritize and address the health needs that are identified during the process. Community involvement in steering committee meetings, surveys and key informant interviews enhance engagement in the assessment process. Resources from Montana State University are employed to collect and analyze the results of the surveys and key informant interviews and prepare the assessment. The data and analysis is presented below in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
Ruby Valley Medical Center has organized an Implementation Planning Committee to evaluate the CHNA and design programs to address the healthcare needs, where appropriate, with goals and metrics to determine each program's effectiveness. Execution of some of the programs will require involvement from community partners and may be constrained by resource and financial limitations. The leadership of Ruby Valley Medical Center is committed to substantial, measurable improvement in healthcare for the residents of the Ruby Valley. The Implementation Plan can also be found below.
Some of the needs outlined by the CHNA are already being addressed. Electronic health record management integration is nearly complete. MRI services are available every Tuesday at the Ruby Valley Medical Center and we are working to provide ultrasound services. The clinic has been designed to accommodate regular visits from healthcare specialists. We have contracted with specialists in general surgery, gynecology, podiatry and hearing aid specialists and we are in the process of contracting for additional specialist services from healthcare facilities in Southwest Montana. We have expanded our pediatric provider schedule to two days a week with Dayna Thergesen, CPNP and Dr. Kathy Meyer sees chiropractic patients twice a week in Twin Bridges.
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