Community Benefits Plan
Each year, as part of St. Mary’s strategic planning process, an Annual Business and Financial Plan is developed and submitted to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. The 2013 Plan submitted in June of 2102 and approved by the St. Mary’s Board of Directors included a Community Benefits Plan. The plan noted the collaborative efforts with the Mesa County Health Department. It also pointed out the efforts in working to reduce the suicide rate among seniors through the efforts of the Foster Grandparents Program and the Palliative Care Service.
St. Mary's utilizes the community health needs assessment survey to help prioritize the allocation of resources. Each year St. Mary’s approves and submits to SCL Health an annual budget. This budget includes a Mission Fund that makes dollars available for investment in programs focused on addressing community need and improving the health status of the community.
The St. Mary's board, leadership and service managers will develop programs, alter current operations or sponsor local efforts to respond to the needs identified in the survey. As SMH has worked with the MCHD and the steering committee; it has not remained idle in terms of addressing needs that the hospital can fill. Through its Foster Grandparents program, for example, SMH actively works to prevent suicide among seniors. And, to address another unmet need in the community, SMH has collaborated with Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado to provide a palliative care program. On April 12, 2012, the Palliative Care Services (PCS) at SMH was launched. PCS is St. Mary’s response to an identified community need related to managing chronic disease.
The needs of our community are great, and not all have been address as of yet. The suicide rate from 2009 through 2010, per 100,000 in Mesa County was 23.2, compared to 18.4 in Colorado and 11.3 in the nation. St. Mary’s does not provide psychiatric services. However, St. Mary’s has worked collaboratively with Colorado West Mental Health and other agencies to help address with community need. Improvements have been made. However, by the end of 2012 there still remained a need for additional psychiatric services within the community. Work continues into 2014.