• 8300 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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Community Health Needs Assessment

 The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

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Lutheran Medical Center, a community-based, acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is committed to improving the health of its community. In so doing, Lutheran worked closely with community partners to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) during 2015 and early 2016. The goal for the CHNA is to determine current and projected future health care needs in the Lutheran service area and to identify gaps in services to improve health care in Jefferson County, Colorado and the surrounding regions.

The CHNA features extensive background research, including demographic analysis and literature review; a community survey reflecting the input of community members who may seek services from Lutheran; and interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, including other health care and public health professionals. Key findings have identified gaps and unmet needs for healthcare in the service area and will inform recommendations and strategic implementations for the Lutheran service delivery model to fill the gaps. Key findings for this CHNA are: (1) access to healthcare; (2) chronic disease management; (3) behavioral health; and (4) obesity. In early 2016, Lutheran developed a Strategic Implementation Plan. The key points include the following:

  • The 2016 – 2018 Strategic Implementation Plan highlights the overall approach for Lutheran in addressing priority health issues
  • Lutheran is committed to aligning with Jefferson County Public Health's (JCPH) Community Improvement Plan and Network efforts
  • Lutheran's redefined top priorities are 1) Access to Healthcare, 2) Preventive Care and Behavioral Health, and 3) Obesity
  • The plan is a living document that will be revised as needed, with input from the JCPH collaborative to include new partners, other hospital and system strategies, and activities, as well as new data

The 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

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In 2012, Lutheran Medical Center partnered with the University of Colorado to assess the health status of the hospital's community. That CHNA highlighted the health status of the counties that make up the hospital’s community. Health indicators were organized according to a Health Equity Model which takes into account a wide range of factors that influence health such as the social determinants of health, health factors, life course perspective and population health outcomes.  The health indicators selected for this community health needs assessment were:

Lutheran's Medical Center's senior leadership and Board of Directors reviewed, prioritized and approved Lutheran's top three community health needs:

  • Reduce the incidence of obesity
  • Raise awareness regarding the risks of ways to prevent or manage hypertension
  • Minimize the risk and number of falls for elderly
As we move into development of the Hospital Implementation Plan or if you have any questions, concerns or comments, you may contact:

Carol Salzmann
Vice President and Executive Director
Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development
8300 West 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, you may fill out the form below: