For more than a century, Mercy Medical Center has been dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, affordable and accessible care for the whole person. This deeply rooted mission calls us to continually enhance our programs and services on behalf of patients and their families and to consistently collaborate with other community organizations to care for the underserved and vulnerable in Stark County, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
As part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we joined with other area hospitals, health departments and agencies to develop a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in 2011 and helped form an advisory committee, led by the Stark County Health Department. The CHNA pointed to three main areas of focus: obesity and healthy lifestyle choices; access to health insurance coverage and healthcare services; and mental health wellness.
While Mercy continues to play a leadership role on the advisory committee, we also recently conducted our own research, leading to the creation of the Mercy Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment. Our findings reinforce the original CHNA and indicate Stark County’s top six health needs are (in alphabetical order):
- Access to dental care
- Access to health insurance coverage and healthcare
- High infant mortality
- Large need for mental health services
- Obesity and lack of healthy lifestyles
- Prescription drug abuse