Community members in Beaverhead County and surrounding areas may soon be receiving a Community Health Needs Assessment survey in their mailbox. This survey will be sent to a random sample of homes and will help Barrett Hospital & HealthCare and Beaverhead County Public Health Department identify healthcare and health services needed in the community.
The assessment asks for input on items ranging from local health resources, barriers to
care, and gaps in services to trends regarding health and healthy lifestyles. Citizens can
voice their opinion by completing the survey they receive in their mailbox and returning
the completed survey by March 31.
This project, administered by the Montana Office of Rural Health will assist the
organizations in an analysis of local community needs, use of local healthcare services,
and overall community health. This process was developed to maintain quality
healthcare to serve the continuing and future needs of the community.
“It’s important to be in line with what is happening in our community so we can be
working for the betterment of our community,” explained Barrett Hospital & HealthCare’s
Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Rose. “This assessment aligns us with other local
community groups so we can work collaboratively to make sure we’re supporting our
community’s needs in every way possible.”
An accompanying goal of the Community Health Needs Assessment survey is to keep
healthcare dollars within the local community. While the vast majority of healthcare can
be provided locally, rural citizens often drive miles and miles to large medical centers for
care, spending money on healthcare and non-health care purchases that could be spent
locally. It is estimated that within a typical rural community, millions of dollars of
revenue are lost in this way.
About Barrett Hospital & HealthCare:
Established in 1922, Barrett Hospital & HealthCare is a non-profit Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and medical clinic provider in Dillon, Montana. Based on The Chartis Center’s Rural Hospital Performance Index, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has recognized Barrett Hospital & HealthCare as a Top 20 CAH five times, including in 2022. For more information, visit www.barretthospital.org