Summit Pacific Medical Center will host two community forums

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Through all the physical, mental and financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a small ray of hope to emerge from the worst health crisis of the 21st century is that more and more people are starting to pay more attention to their health.

Over the past two-plus years, an unfortunate trend in American medical society has been that urban health centers are understaffed to accommodate the influx of patients and rural health centers are under-resourced to help ease the burden. aforementioned. However, for a rural health center, a plan to have adequate resources is still the goal.

This month, Summit Pacific Medical Center (SPMC) will host two community forums. The events, which will be hosted by Josh Martin, CEO of SPMC, will allow guests to learn about major health issues ahead of the release of SPMC’s new three-year community plan.

SPMC is in the process of writing the new Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for the Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District. The CHNA will help determine what are the most important health needs that the East County community will focus on over the next three years and provide the basis for the development of a strategic plan and the facility master plan. organisation.

According to Summit Pacific, the draft report, which covers the period 2023 to 2025, will provide an in-depth examination of health factors impacting the Grays Harbor County community, such as education, household income, age and ethnicity. The report will also compare community health outcomes to state averages. Guests will also be able to ask questions and solicit feedback on community health priorities for the next three years.

If you want to go:

For those interested in attending one of the community forums hosted by Summit Pacific Medical Center, the first will be Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Summit Pacific’s Ortquist Conference Center in Elma. The second will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the McCleary Community Center in McCleary. These events do not require an RSVP and will be free to the public.

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