Do you have concerns, compliments, gripes, good feelings or any opinion at all, regarding healthcare in San Juan County?
Residents of San Juan County may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox. This survey will be sent to a random sample of San Juan County households in February to help Blue Mountain Hospital identify the health services needed in the community. This information will be used for strategic planning, grant applications, new programs, and to aid community groups interested in addressing health issues.
The National Rural Health Resource Center of Duluth, Minnesota, is assisting Blue Mountain Hospital in the analysis of local community needs, use of local health care services and overall community health. This process was developed to maintain quality health care to serve the continuing and future needs of the community.
The community healthcare assessment process promotes healthcare as a local affair. Healthcare delivered in rural communities is affordable, high quality, and necessary to the good health of the entire community. Citizens of rural counties can take responsibility for the health of their community by completing the survey they receive in their mailbox. Most communities face a large number of complex issues in providing high quality healthcare, but fortunately, Blue Mountain Hospital can engage in effective problem-solving, which is the most important factor in the survival of rural health services.
An accompanying goal of this process is to keep healthcare dollars within the local community. While the vast majority of healthcare can be provided locally, rural citizens often drive to large medical centers for care, spending money on healthcare and non-healthcare purchases that could be spent locally. It is estimated that within a typical rural community, millions of dollars of revenue is lost in this way. This revenue could be retained in the local community with stronger community-healthcare provider linkages.
Blue Mountain Hospital's services include Hemodialysis, Emergency Care, Laboratory, Obstetrics, Pharma- cy, Radiology, and Surgical Services.
Blue Mountain Hospital CEO, Jeremy Lyman said the following regarding the survey: "Blue Mountain Hospital has only been open for business for about four and a half years. During this period, the services available to residents have expanded rapidly, and we hope to continue to meet the needs of everyone in San Juan County. This survey will help in our strategic planning and we look forward to hearing back from the community."
"We are pleased to be able to bring some of the best community health resources in the country to Blue Mountain Hospital," said Terry Hill, Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center. "The goal of this initiative is to assist forward-thinking rural hospitals and communities in aligning their resources, to address their present and future needs in the best way possible."
For more information contact: Blue Mountain Hospital (435)678-3993.