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 have already been addressed.  Electronic health record management integration is complete.  MRI services are available every Tuesday at the Ruby Valley Medical Center. General ultrasound services are available every other Friday. Ultrasounds for echocardiograms are available on alternating Fridays. The clinic has been designed to accommodate regular visits from healthcare specialists.  We have contracted with general surgery, interventional cardiology, 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.  Dr. Kathy Meyer, DC,  sees chiropractic patients in Twin Bridges on Tuesday and Thursday and in Sheridan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Non-surgical pain management healthcare is provided by Scott Rigdon, CRNA, every other Friday. Judy Weitzel, PMHNP-BC, provides mental healthcare in Sheridan on Wednesday and in Twin Bridges on Thursday. Judy provides management for mental health prescriptions and treatment for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family counseling and other mental health concerns. To see a schedule for upcoming visits from our healthcare specialists, please visit our Community Healthcare Calendar

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