HCHI recently underwent a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of its primary service areas to include the following counties: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Randolph, Upshur, and Wood. In summary, this CHNA presented a focused approach to understand the unmet needs, especially those within the underserved, uninsured, and minority populations. We collected and analyzed data regarding demographics, disease, overall health, and the environment. We found that our population is at risk for diabetes, obesity, and needs to be more physically active. We conducted interviews with knowledgeable community informants who could present the needs of marginalized groups and also received input from the community at large using an online survey.
From our data analysis, key informant interviews and responses to our online survey, we identified the needs of our area, which are categorized as a need:
• For specialized therapeutic services
• To increase the number of mental health professionals in our area to address behavioral health problems
• For education regarding behavioral health and advocacy for those experiencing behavioral health problems
• To reduce the stigma associated with seeking counseling
• To improve the counseling experience and outcomes
To address these needs, Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, Inc. is seeking funding from the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the build out of 3 new units, an 8,000 square foot additional gymnasium, a daycare center for employees, and a refinance of existing debt for a total borrowing of $17.4 million. The 3 new units will be 2 South for an additional Forensic Unit, and 3 & 4 Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Adult Substance Abuse. Once approved, the estimated timeline for construction will begin January of 2018. The USDA
financing is estimated to be complete by July 2018 and the new units will open up for patients beginning around October of 2018.
With this project, we are on the right path to addressing the well needed specialized therapeutic services for substance abuse, create approximately 100 new jobs by the end of year 2019 and give our employees a day care option benefit. It truly is a great time to be a part of something so well needed in our community! Our future looks bright and we thank every single employee in every department for the infinite value you bring to HCHI to make this all come together. Thank you!
Mike C., President & CEO
Dr. Cooper-Lehki, Chief Clinical Officer
Shelly G., Chief Financial Officer
Below is the approved CHNA for reference.