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Community Health Needs Assessment
Stamford Hospital is committed to serving the residents of the Lower Fairfield County
Region by delivering a comprehensive array of programs and services intended to improve
the health and well-being of residents throughout the hospital’s service area. In order to
ensure the hospital is meeting the needs of the community it serves, in 2011, the hospital
collaborated with the Stamford Health Department to begin the process of updating their
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Stamford Hospital engaged John Snow Inc.,
a national public health research and consulting firm, to conduct the assessment including
a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the community’s demographics, health behaviors,
and overall health status; the availability of health care resources and barriers to access the
community faces; priorities for improvements in the community’s health; and priorities for
improvements to the larger health care system that serves the Lower Fairfield County region.
The results of the CHNA have, in turn, been used to develop an action plan that will guide the
hospital’s strategic direction to meet the community’s health related needs. Click here to download the entire report. (Document posted as of 9/27/2013)
Spanning many topics of interest and addressing the diverse needs of those we support, Stamford Hospital’s community outreach programs range from health fairs and physician seminars to special events, flu vaccines, and homebound visits.
Stamford Hospital provides care to all regardless of socio-economic status. In 2011, the Hospital incurred approximately $74 million in uncompensated care that encompasses charity care, bad debt and unreimbursed services. In addition, the Hospital provides free transportation and medical supplies upon discharge from the Hospital to those in need.
Kids’ Fitness and Nutrition Services (KIDS’ FANS) is a community-wide collaborative program designed to promote smart eating, physical activity and a healthy weight among our children. By partnering with the City of Stamford and local community organizations, Stamford Hospital sponsors fitness and nutrition classes at schools, community centers, and the Tully Health Center aimed at reaching children in need and their families.
The West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone is a group comprised of residential and business interests. Stamford Hospital is in collaboration with the residents and the city’s housing authority to revitalize Stamford’s West Side.
Optimus Health Center is a federally qualified health center, which operates twelve locations certified by The Joint Commission across Southwestern Connecticut and provides primary care to the underserved. Stamford Hospital works with Optimus to provide much-needed primary and specialty care services.