Health Needs Assessment

Below in the 'Download' section of this page, you can access the most recent KCH Community Health Needs Assessments.


Dear Community Member:

In compliance with the Affordable Care Act, all not-for-profit hospitals are now required to develop a report on the medical and health needs of the communities they serve. At Knox Community Hospital (KCH), we have spent more than 75 years providing high-quality compassionate health care to the greater Mount Vernon community. We welcome you to review this document not just as part of our compliance with federal law, but of our continuing efforts to meet your health and medical needs.

The “2015 Community Health Needs Assessment” identifies local health and medical needs and provides a plan of how KCH will respond to such needs. This document suggests areas where other local organizations and agencies might work with us to achieve desired improvements and illustrates one way we, KCH, are meeting our obligations to efficiently deliver medical services.

KCH will conduct this effort at least once every three years. The report produced three years ago is also available for your review and comment. As you review this plan, please see if, in your opinion, we have identified the primary needs of the community and if you think our intended response will lead to needed improvements.

We do not have adequate resources to solve all the problems identified. Some issues are beyond the mission of the hospital and action is best suited for a response by others. Some improvements will require personal actions by individuals rather than the response of an organization. We view this as a plan for how we, along with other area organizations and agencies, can collaborate to bring the best each has to offer to support change and to address the most pressing identified needs.

The report is a response to a federal requirement of not-for-profit hospitals to identify the community benefit they provide in responding to documented community need. Footnotes are provided to answer specific tax form questions; for most purposes, they may be ignored. Most importantly, this report is intended to guide our actions and the efforts of others to make needed health and medical improvements in our area.

I invite your response to this report. As you read, please think about how to help us improve health and medical services in our area. We all live in, work in, and enjoy this wonderful community together. Together, we can make our community healthier for every one of us.

Thank You,

Bruce D. White
Chief Executive Officer