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Column: Assessment guides Saint Alphonsus efforts to address Ontario community needs

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One of the most gratifying parts of my job as president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario is seeing the good that our hospital does in Ontario and the communities of Malheur, Payette and Washington counties. As I prepare to step down as president of the hospital, I want to highlight some of the partnerships in the community and programs we supported to make our community a better place to live.

Every three years, our hospital completes a Community Health Needs Assessment as a comprehensive review of local health data, such as poverty rates, housing burden, food security, chronic disease rates, etc., as well as a deep investigation into what residents themselves feel are the most significant health needs through surveys, focus groups, and interviews.  We have just released our 2020 assessment, and it will help guide how . . .