Phoebe assessing community needs

ALBANY, Ga. -- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's community benefits subcommittee currently is looking at where best to allocate monetary resources, which hinges on the completion of a needs assessment plan.

Because of a new requirement from the Internal Revenue Service, the hospital has until July 31, 2013, to complete a community needs assessment, which would have to be done every three years to avoid a fine of $50,000.

The benefit plan the IRS requires to be in place is expected to be board-approved and to address prioritized health needs and problems identified in the assessment.

At its meeting Wednesday, the subcommittee did an overview of the grant application process that a non-profit would have to go through to receive funding through Phoebe Community Visions.

In the next few months, officials expect to be able to start the application process based on health-related needs. The hospital staff will receive the applications and make a recommendation, and the subcommittee will make a determination on how the money is allocated based on what is perceived as the greatest needs.

If approved for a grant, a recipient would report to Phoebe on what had been done with the money, officials say.

As part of an effort to get a better idea of what the priorities should be, a data center is expected to go live sometime between April 20 and May 1 on the hospital's website that will give statistics on more than 100 health indicators for the five counties in Phoebe's primary coverage area.

A presentation was given of the data center at the subcommittee's meeting, which has a color coding of green, yellow and red to give the public an idea on how the area is doing in a particular area, with green being the best and red being the worst.

One of the sources for this information is the Georgia Department of Public Health's OASIS portal.

"We are very excited about this," said Jackie Ryan, vice president of corporate strategy at Phoebe. "This is a very rich tool."

The subcommittee, for which Ron Wallace -- one of the hospital board's newest members -- is chairman, is expected to meet quarterly. The next scheduled meeting is set for June 18.


southernbelle 3 years, 7 months ago

A person would pretty much have to have been on a desert island over the past years to have not been made aware of all the physical health risks of not following a healthy diet and exercise program, diabetes, stroke/heart attack, smoking/cancer risks, high blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases/unplanned births. These topics have been addressed, and then some---and it’s safe to hide behind these topics in that one is tiptoeing around the deeper—and much harder to cure--problem: the problem of how to develop and grow as a functioning, contributing, caring, value-centered individual.

What really needs to be addressed is a person’s emotional, psychological, and spiritual health. Set up programs of small groups--instead of huge cookie-cutter “drives”—so that the participants feel like the leaders/facilitators of the group really care about each participant as a person. Speak from the heart, instead of tiptoeing around and dodging the real subjects. Facilitators, strive to plant the seeds of healthy self-esteem and the concept of being a giving person---giving of your time and talents. If a person’s internal qualities--the heart, mind, and soul--are developed, there’s a better chance that all the external, physical problems will improve.

A pipe dream?? Possibly, but why not try something different??


southwestga 3 years, 7 months ago

So Phoebe will be like the United Way? Except that people give to United Way voluntarily.


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