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How Avera McKennan Addresses Community Health Care Needs

Serving the health care needs of our community and individuals has been foundational to Avera McKennan’s mission since our founding in 1911. Over the past three years, Avera McKennan has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), and developed an implementation strategy for addressing community health needs. Through the Affordable Care Act, all nonprofit, tax-exempt hospitals across the United States are required to complete the CHNA process every three years.

For Avera McKennan’s CHNA, studies, surveys, interviews and focus groups took place during 2011 and 2012. The CHNA report and implementation plan were published via our web site effective June 30, 2013, in accordance with Avera’s fiscal year of July 1-June 30.

Avera McKennan’s CHNA process involved various ways of gathering data and community input in order to identify and analyze community health needs and assets. Once needs were identified, a process took place to prioritize, plan and act upon unmet community health needs. An implementation strategy is the hospital’s plan for addressing community health needs identified in the assessment process.

In addition to federal compliance, Avera McKennan’s goals in completing its CHNA include furthering our mission to improve the lives and health of persons and communities; living out our gospel values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship; and faithfully continuing the ministry of health care as established by the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters.

View Avera McKennan's CHNA report (pdf format)

View Avera McKennan's Implementation Plan (pdf format)