Community Health Improvement

​Our Commitment & Mission

The Parkview Health mission centers on one essential commitment:  improving the health of the communities we serve. As a not-for-profit organization, Parkview reinvests its resources into services and programs that directly impact the health and well-being of people of all ages.

The Community Health Improvement Program helps accomplish this mission. Parkview’s Community Health Improvement Program was established in 1998 as a means of giving something back to the communities we serve.  Each hospital associated with Parkview Health returns 10 percent of its annual operating surplus to the community through community benefit activities. 

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​What is a community benefit?

Community benefit describes Parkview programs or activities that provide treatment or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. Community benefit is also the term used as the basis of our tax-exempt, not-for-profit status.

A community benefit must respond to an identified community need and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Improve access to healthcare services

  • Enhance health of the community

  • Advance medical or health knowledge

  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts

Community benefit activities may include:

  • Community health improvement services

  • Health professions education

  • Subsidized health services

  • Research

  • Cash and in-kind contributions

  • Community-building activities

  • Community benefit operations

What is a community health needs assessment?

Every few years, Parkview Health sponsors a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify health needs within northeast Indiana, particularly the five counties in which Parkview-affiliated hospitals exist. As a not-for-profit, community-owned health system, the assessment provides a valuable tool in Parkview’s strategic planning process and in the development of our community benefit plan. Each time we monitor our community’s health needs, we identify opportunities and prioritize our efforts to impact the health of our community friends and neighbors.

This data is shared with community organizations and leaders to assist in their planning and to encourage opportunities for collaboration. 

View results of the 2007 health needs assessment.  

The most recent assessment was taken on in conjunction with Allen County-Fort Wayne Health Department. IPFW’s Social Research Department and Purdue’s Healthcare Advisors were engaged to collect and analyze the survey data. Current community health priorities for Parkview-affiliated hospitals can be found in the respective Community Health Needs Assessment reports.

What is an implementation strategy?

An implementation strategy serves as an in-depth plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources. It includes goals, objectives and action plans designed to improve the health of the local community.

The development of an implementation strategy is currently underway in Allen, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties. 

The implementation strategy will serve as the community health improvement plan for each hospital to address health needs identified through the community health needs assessment and other resources. 

Look for your respective community health improvement plans in the Community Health Needs Assessment reports shown above.

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