As you may be aware, Minnie Hamilton Health System has proudly served Calhoun and the surrounding counties for over sixty years. Since our opening in 1959, our facility has seen countless changes to fit the varying needs of the community, and we have risen to each challenge to make the changes happen. The biggest change is yet to come, and we need your help to make it a reality.
The time has come for us to build a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in which to better serve our patients and expand our services. In our discussions with local engineers and accountants, we have determined that the hospital needs to raise $2 million to make the project feasible. We realize $2 million is a daunting task, and it is not one we are taking lightly. We understand it will take time to get there, but the hospital and our employees are committed to making it happen.
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Minnie Hamilton Health System, Inc will take part in the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF)’s Give Local MOV Campaign. Last year, the Campaign raised over $115,000 in 24 hours for 38 local programs. The PACF has already reserved $20,000 in matching funds from Parkersburg’s Superior Toyota-Hyundai and hopes to reach $50,000 in matching funds before the Campaign Day – meaning a large portion of the donations the PAFC receives on MHHS’s behalf will be matched!
To make a donation, you can visit www.givelocalmov.org and search for “Minnie Hamilton Health System” in the search engine provided at any time on May 5, 2015. All major debit and credit cards will be accepted. Donating online will allow the PACF to generate an automatic Charitable Contribution Receipt e-mail to all donors for tax deduction purposes. However, if necessary, donors may write a check to MHHS and we will remit the funds accordingly. I sincerely thank you for your time and consideration in this matter, and for your continued patronage. We can, and will, reach our goal one donation and fundraiser at a time. Sincerely, Stephen S Whited, CEO, Minnie Hamilton Health System, Inc.
Women’s Health Day Planned at Minnie Hamilton
Minnie Hamilton Health System, in partnership with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program will be hosting a Women’s Health Day on Friday, May 8, 2015. The event will begin at 8:00am and conclude at noon. A health/information fair will be set up with light refreshments, give-aways and door prizes provided. Vendors participating include Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Domestic Abuse Response Team and Parents As Teachers.
Janie Knotts, PA-C will be providing pap test/breast exams in the Rural Health Clinic. ` Appointments are available now. BCCSP will be on hand to register women who are underinsured and may qualify for their program. Any woman who does not have insurance and does not qualify for BCCSP will have the cost of the pap smear waived, as well as any copays that may be required. Mammograms will also be offered with appointments required. Please call 304-354-9244 to schedule your appointments today.
Calhoun County School Based Health Update
With greater than 95% of Calhoun students enrolled in the School Based Health program, exciting things are happening at the center. With a grant provided by Marshall University, the newest program is a web based Adolescent Self-Management Program focusing on 6th grade students at CalhounMiddle/High School with an abnormal (overweight) Body Mass Index (BMI).
Utilizing an Ipad, adolescent students are asked to complete a survey which screens for risks that can result in a negative impact on their health and life. As part of a self management idea, the student can develop their own action plan to make improvements in their health habits while receiving education and encouragement from our staff. The program is in the beginning stages and we are looking forward to analyzing our data and extending to more students.
Community Needs Assessment
The Community Needs Assessment has multiple purposes. It's first purpose is to meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), Public Law 111-148 enacted section 501(r) of the Code, which imposes additional requirements on charitable hospital organizations. Section 501(r)(3) requires a hospital organization to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (“CHNA”) at least once every three years and to make the CHNA widely available by placing it on the hospital’s web site.
It's other purpose is to provide the hospital with a document that highlights the data findings, outlines key needs in the hospital’s service area, and provides direction and opportunities for action through the adoption of an implementation strategy to meet those needs. This CHNA looks at health status, barriers to care, and other demographic and social issues affecting people and organizations throughout Calhoun and Gilmer counties and is intended to help improve the health of the area’s residents.