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Community Healthcare Assessment Questions

Medical Clinic

  • Who owns and manages the clinic?
  • What is the history of the clinic? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee for the clinic over the next year and in 5 years?
  • What are the hours?
  • What healthcare providers are in the community?
  • What emergency services/facilities does the clinic have available?
  • What is the service area population?

 

Hospital

  • Who owns and manages the hospital?
  • What is the history of the hospital? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee for the hospital over the next year and in 5 years?
  • How many licensed beds in the hospital? What is the occupancy rate?
  • What are the hours?
  • What healthcare providers are available?
  • What emergency services/facilities does the hospital have available?
  • Does the hospital have a lab? What services/tests can the lab provide?
  • What is the service area population?

 

Nursing Facility

  • Who owns and manages the nursing facility?
  • What is the history of the nursing facility? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee for the nursing facility over the next year and in 5 years?
  • How many licensed beds in the nursing facility? What is the occupancy rate?
  • Do the hospital and nursing facility share services?

 

Assisted Living

  • Is assisted living available? Who owns and manages this facility?
  • What is the history of this facility? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee over the next year and in 5 years?
  • What is the occupancy rate? 

 

Ambulance

  • Who owns the ambulance service?
  • Who manages the service?
  • What are your funding sources: County, city, patient charges?
  • Are employees volunteers or are they paid?
  • How many EMTs/Paramedics work for the service?

 

Dental

  • Are there dental services in the community? Include information about general and pediatric dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons.
  • What dentists are in the community?
  • What is the history of the dentist clinic? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee over the next year and in 5 years?
  • What is the dentist’s name, location, clinic hours?
  • Does the dentist practice in another community? 

 

Pharmacy

  • Is there a pharmacy in the community?
  • What pharmacists are in the community?
  • What is the history of the pharmacy? When was it built? What additions have been made? What changes do you foresee over the next year and in 5 years?
  • What is the pharmacist’s name, location, business hours?
  • Does the pharmacist practice in another community? 
  • Is there a pharmacy at the hospital?

 

Additional Healthcare Providers

  • What other healthcare services are offered in this community or in the vicinity? Include names, locations, contact information, services provided and hours of availability.
    • Community health nurse
    • Private clinics
    • Behavioral health services
    • Social services
    • Chiropractor
    • Optometrist
    • Home healthcare
    • Adult health screenings and child health screenings
    • School health services
    • Family planning
    • WIC services
    • Communicable disease control
    • Health education (training programs and education resources)
    • Referral services
    • Wellness activities
    • Support groups
    • Outreach services
    • Hospice
    • Rehab therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physical therapy
    • Speech therapy
    • Respiratory therapy
    • Audiology

 

Additional Questions

  • How do you perceive the quality of health care services provided to the community?
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  • How do you feel about recruitment efforts for healthcare providers?
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  • What do you see as healthcare needs in your community?
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  • What do you see as healthcare strengths in your community?

 

More Information

Contact the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center for more information and resources.

Josie Petersen

605-773-3517

Josie.Petersen@state.sd.us

 

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