Palmetto Health releases 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Posted on 10/11/2016

Report addresses the major health issues in Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties.

Palmetto Health recently completed the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), available online at This report addresses the major health issues in Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties. Palmetto Health team members worked in their communities to gather input, research, feedback and surveys about top health issues that need to be addressed.

CHNA’s are designed to help improve the overall health and wellness of communities by identifying, prioritizing and implementing action plans to address community needs. This assessment, required with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, includes the CHNA project team findings from research, interviews, focus groups and surveys with community members, local elected officials, major employers and community organizations.

Vince Ford, Chief Community Officer, said, “Our goal is to ensure that we are providing the best health care to our community. In order to do that effectively, we wanted to gather new data to help determine what the needs of our community are so that we can address them. We will use the results of this needs assessment, in collaboration with our partners, to guide our efforts in providing services. I would like to thank all of our team members who work diligently to complete this important project.

Key facts from the CHNA:

  • The three distinctive health issues and priority areas for intervention with Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties include access to care, overweight/obesity and high blood pressure.

  • Palmetto Health team members in Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties conducted 52 one-to-one interviews and 10 focus groups that included nearly 110 participants.

  • Palmetto Health sent more than 2,000 surveys to residents in Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties and received 1,889 responses.

Planning is underway to develop an action plan as a result of the CHNA findings. During the next three years, Palmetto Health is committed to partnering with health care and community leaders to prioritize and select critical areas for intervention and action planning.

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About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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