OSF Saint Anthony's Releases Community Health Needs Results

9/26/2016 - Alton, Illinois

  • Ajay Pathak, President & CEO

OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center is pleased to share the results of its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Community health needs assessments are required of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Conducted every three years through community surveys, the assessment evaluates the overall health of Madison County and creates an important opportunity to improve the health of the community.  


OSF Saint Anthony’s collected a total of 1,042 surveys from the community for the 2016 assessment, including surveys from community members most at-risk due to limited financial means.


The findings of this year’s assessment identified the following areas of focus and emphasis: Obesity and Behavioral Health, specifically mental health and substance abuse/tobacco use.


With this in mind, the Leadership and clinicians at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in conjunction with its collaborative partners in the Riverbend community have developed a three-year implementation plan for Madison County to improve health and well-being by empowering people with information, knowledge, and accessibility.

“We embrace the opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of our region through the community health needs assessment,” said Ajay Pathak, President & CEO of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center Health Center. “By having identifiable and prioritized data, we are working to address and transform those issues with residents, for residents, through teamwork and collaboration. Working with our Mission Partners and community partners, we will continue to develop innovative solutions to more effectively address health issues impacting our community.”


Community partners working closely with OSF Saint Anthony’s on its Assessment: Sheri Banovic, Director of Nursing Education for Lewis and Clark Community College; Kristie Baumgartner, Assistant Superintendent of the Alton School District; Monica Bristow, President of the River Bend Growth Association; Theresa Collins, Associate Executive Director of Senior Services Plus; Marqarette Trushel, Executive Director of the Oasis Women’s Center; Anne Tyree, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for Centerstone; Al Womack Jr., Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alton; Maura Wuellner, Director of the Illinois Region for United Way of Greater St. Louis; and Amy Yeager, Health Promotion Manager Madison County Health Department.


Members of OSF Saint Anthony’s team included: Ajay Pathak, President/CEO; Sister M. Anselma, Chief Operating Officer; Deny Boettger, Chief Nursing Officer; Diane Schuette, Strategic Marketing Director; Ginger Becker, Registered Dietician; Kelly Bogowith, Physical Therapist; Kelly Keenan, Patient Navigator; Courtney McFarlin, PA-C; Yusuf Mohyuddin, M.D., Family Medicine; Susanne Ringhausen, Psychological Services Manager; and Tina Zumwalt Community Relations Coordinator.


Since its last Community Health Needs Assessment in 2013, OSF HealthCare has seen system-wide improvement in three key areas: access to medical care; ability to gain needed prescription medications; and access to dental care.


For more information on the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, or for an electronic copy, visit https://www.osfhealthcare.org/about/community-health/.



Tina Zumwalt
Community Relations Coordinator
(618) 463-5394