510 E. 8th St.
PO Box 370
Freeman, SD 57029
605-925-4000
Text size: A A A
 
 

Community Healthcare Needs Assessment

Freeman Regional Health Services is a healthcare facility that primarily serves residents in rural Hutchinson, McCook and Turner Counties in Southeastern South Dakota.

Service Area Demographics Hutchinson McCook Turner
Households 3,351 2,491 3,939
Average Household Size (people) 2.33 2.48 2.40
Median Household Income $42,386 $46,964 $50,143
Median Age (2010 census) 46.8 42.7 43.7
% of population under 18 24% 26% 24%
% of population 19-64 51% 55% 57%
% of population 65+ 25% 19% 19%
% of population below poverty income level 11.8% 7.1% 7.3%

The focus groups  utilized for the Community Health Needs Assessment were comprised of invited community/service area residents who were selected based on obtaining an adequate cross section of gender and occupation.  Other criteria considered during the process were finding individuals that represented two main groups:  Retired seniors and working adults, and the broad interests of our service area.  These groups were also kept to a reasonable number to facilitate discussion.  This process was facilitated with the assistance of Eric Ambroson, Community Development Specialist with the South Dakota Planning and Development District lll.

Community Healthcare Needs Assessment Implementation strategy

The Community Healthcare Needs Assessment was presented to the Freeman Regional Health Services Board of Trustees for their review and discussion on February 23, 2017. Upon their review and after hearing the recommendations of Administration, the following five priority areas were established:

CONTINUE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

Freeman Regional Health Services remains committed to promoting health and wellness and will continue efforts on meeting the needs of the community.  To this end, FRHS will work towards the following:

  • Continue to promote community-based education programs which focus on health-related topics of interest and which target specific common interest groups and the community as a whole.

CONTINUE TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND VOLUNTEERISM.

FRHS recognizes the importance of community outreach and the value our organization and its employees bring to the community.  To promote community outreach and volunteerism, FRHS commits to the following:

  • FRHS will continue to undertake community outreach initiatives aimed at benefiting our communities.  We will continue to evaluate unmet community needs and will organize efforts, when possible, to address those needs. 
  • As a means to encourage community volunteerism, FRHS will continue to support and advocate to its employees the value and importance of being involved in their communities.  FRHS will encourage volunteerism by its employees and will continually explore opportunities that serve as a benefit to the community. 

POSITION FRHS TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE SURRONDING POPULATION.

FRHS recognizes the changing dynamics of the diverse population within our service area. We remain committed to providing services aimed directly at meeting the changing needs of the communities we serve.   Our efforts will include:

  • Continue to update and remodel our facility  to meet the needs and preferences of incoming patients and residents.
  • Work to design programs and services focused specifically on the needs and interests of the aging and the youth. 

WORK TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED AVAILABILITY OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

Access to mental health services in a rural community is of critical importance and in keeping with our Mission statement.  FRHS will remain committed to ensuring the availability of compassionate and competent mental health care givers to adequately meet the needs of our community.  As a means to fulfill our Mission and serve our community, FRHS will work towards the following:

  • Will work collaboratively with existing mental health providers to develop strong relationships that will ensure the  continued availability of services to our community.
  • Research the feasibility of expanding mental health services through psychiatry outreach and the use of telehealth applications.

ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO WORK FORCE SHORTAGES.

FRHS recognizes the increasing difficulty in finding the resources required to staff the various departments of the hospital, clinic and nursing home.  To meet these needs FRHS will:

  • Work with local schools and churches to promote an interest in healthcare careers.
  • Promote FRHS to the public as an excellent place to work and to receive services.
  • Conduct community related health activities that attract people to the community.

 

Click on the link below to access the Focus Group Report Community Healthcare Assessment.
Community Healthcare Assessment 2013
Community Healthcare Assessment 2016

 

Through the engagement of staff and our community, FRHS will explore and pursue opportunities aimed at meeting the needs of our communities.  Staff and public input will be critical to ensuring our efforts are successfully planned, initiated and produce the intended outcomes.