Input sought

Van Diest Medical Center has announced it will be conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) over the course of the next three months. Partnering with Hamilton County Public Health to complete the work, this CHNA represents a collaborative, community-based approach to help identify and prioritize the most important health issues affecting our communities.

In July, approximately 1,000 families from the Van Diest Medical Center service area will receive a comprehensive healthcare survey in the mail. “We hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare delivery in Webster City and the surrounding areas we serve,” commented Lori Rathbun, hospital CEO. “The feedback we receive from this assessment is valuable and essential to improving the health of our communities. By working together we can better understand the issues and create a plan to address them.”

The Community Health Needs Assessment survey will also be available to complete online at In addition, a public town hall meeting will be held on Monday, August 25th, in the Cafeteria at Van Diest Medical Center from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. More details regarding the upcoming town hall meeting will be available in early August.

Vince Vandehaar, MBA from VVV Research & Development INC, an independent health research and consulting firm from Olathe, KS, has been retained to conduct and complete this assessment. For more information about this community survey and the upcoming town hall meeting, contact Lori Foster at 832-7877.