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Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed by Congress included a requirement for non-profit hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years and to develop an implementation plan that addresses the priority health needs of that community. 

Because of this, Linn County Public Health facilitated a CHNA for Mercy Medical Center and other area organizations to support these new requirements. The assessment covered the Linn County hospitals’ eight-county region and was designed to identify the major health and socioeconomic issues that disproportionately affect this region.

Download the report. If you would like a paper copy of the CHNA report, please contact Mercy’s Community Benefit office at (319) 221-8568.

As a result of the CHNA and in support of our mission, Mercy Medical Center developed an Implementation Plan to address the priority health needs of the community. 

Provisions in the Affordable Care Act require a tax-exempt hospital to:

  • Adopt an implementation strategy to meet community health needs identified in the CHNA.
  • Describe how it is addressing needs identified in the CHNA.

The implementation strategy was adopted on October 8, 2013, by the Mission Committee of the Board of Trustees. 

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