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Piedmont Newnan Hospital finalizes Community Health Needs Assessment, begins implementation


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  • Nov. 07, 2022 - 12:40 PM

Piedmont Newnan Hospital finalizes Community Health Needs Assessment, begins implementation

The Newnan Times-Herald

Piedmont hospitals, including Piedmont Newnan Hospital, have completed their respective Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs), which is part of their regulatory responsibility as part of a not-for-profit health system, and will begin implementation on Nov. 15 of new strategies to improve the overall health of the communities they serve.

Piedmont’s Community Benefit team performed interviews throughout Georgia with more than 200 stakeholders, who provided insight into the particular health needs in their respective communities.

“Piedmont exists to serve its communities and the Community Health Needs Assessment helps us to see the areas in which our resources can make a positive difference in the lives of community members who are most in need,” said Piedmont Vice President of External Affairs Thomas Worthy. “Piedmont empowers Georgians by helping them to reach their full potential and by being more responsive to the needs of our communities we are helping the citizens of Georgia to live healthier, fuller lives.”

Among the priorities that Piedmont Newnan’s board of directors have ratified are:

  • To ensure affordable access to health, mental and dental care: We will work to ensure that all community members have access to affordable health, mental and dental care, regardless of income. This includes partnerships with community-based organizations, as well as internal programming to increase access.
  • To reduce preventable instances of and death from cancer: We will promote both the prevention and treatment of all cancers, especially among those most vulnerable to the disease. This includes community-based screenings and the promotion of programming meant to support community members with cancer and their families.
  • To promote healthy behaviors to reduce preventable conditions, diseases and addiction: We will actively promote healthy behaviors and encourage community members to stop risky behaviors, such as smoking. This includes widespread health education and programming, and specific efforts aimed at curbing opioid use.
  • To reduce preventable instances and death from heart disease: We will promote both the prevention and treatment of heart disease, and will emphasize early detection and healthy behaviors to help reduce risk. We will pay particular attention to populations most at risk for heart disease.

“As a community hospital, our goal is to protect the health of those in and around Coweta county, whether or not they visit us inside the walls of our hospital,” said Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson. “We will engage with the community to promote early prevention, detection, treatment and risk-reduction in these key areas with the goal of improving Cowetan’s overall health.”

A CHNA is a measurement of the relative health or well-being of a given community. It's both the activity and the end-product of identifying and prioritizing unmet community health needs, which is performed by:

· Gathering and analyzing data;

· Soliciting the feedback of the community and key stakeholders; and,

· Evaluating Piedmont’s past work and future opportunities.

Through this assessment, Piedmont is better informed to understand local health challenges, identify health trends in our communities, determine gaps in the current health delivery system and craft a plan to address those gaps and the identified health needs.

This is the fourth Piedmont CHNA, with the others having been conducted in 2013, 2016 and 2019. The current Piedmont CHNA will serve as a foundation for developing our community benefit strategies and further strengthening our community work.