Community Health Needs Assessment


As part of the Affordable Care Act, non-profit hospitals complete a Community Needs Health Assessment every three years. Hospitals must collect input from the community, adopt a plan to address community needs and then report on these activities.

In 2015, a comprehensive, six‐step community health needs assessment (“CHNA”) collaboration was conducted for HealthPartners and its hospitals (Regions Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Westfields Hospital & Clinic, Amery Hospital & Clinic, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital) by Community Hospital Consulting. The CHNA utilized relevant health data and stakeholder input to identify the significant community health needs. These hospitals serve similar communities and have overlapping study areas. The system’s study area is defined as Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties in Minnesota and Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin.

Amery Hospital & Clinic’s specific study area is defined as Polk County, but health data for the remaining counties are used for comparison in this CHNA.

The final list of prioritized needs, in descending order, is listed below:
1. Mental and Behavioral Health
2. Access and Affordability
3. Chronic Disease and Illness Prevention
4. Equitable Care

These identified areas of community health need will be addressed in the Amery Hospital & Clinic Implementation Plan for years 2016 through 2018. In 2018, the next CHNA will be performed and implementation strategy for 2018-2020 will be developed. 

Click on the links below to review the Amery Hospital & Clinic CHNA and Implementation Plan: 

Amery Hospital & Clinic first completed a CHNA in 2013 through a collaborative effort with Polk County Health Department and local area health care facilities. From this CHNA came the Polk County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). For more information on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), please visit http://healthypolkcounty.com/ or click on the links below:

To contact us regarding the community health needs assessment or community benefit work, please email or write us at the address below:

Amery Hospital & Clinic
Attn: Community Health
265 Griffin Street East
Amery, WI 54001