Community Benefit Reporting
ECHN dedicates millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours to activities that enhance the overall health and wellness of our communities with special focus on the unmet needs of financially disadvantaged and underserved populations.
Our community benefit efforts include:
- Charity Care: Free or discounted health services provided to persons who cannot afford to pay.
- Community Health Improvement Services: Health education lectures, free screenings, support groups and other outreach programs.
- Health Professional Education: A clinical setting for undergraduate training and internships with doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
- Cash and In-Kind Donations: Monetary support, free use of hospital space, free medical care and equipment donations to numerous not-for-profit community organizations.
- Community Building Activities: Collaborative partnerships with community groups, advocacy on behalf of access to health care, and workforce development.
Assessing Your Health Needs
Recently ECHN conducted a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of the towns of Manchester and Vernon. The goal was to identify the areas’ current health care needs. To do this, publicly available data from the U.S. Census Bureau, local and state health departments, and many other community agencies were examined and residents and community representatives were surveyed.
“The knowledge gained by conducting this survey is invaluable,” says Dennis McConville, ECHN’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Identifying the key health issues facing our community neighbors will enable us to evaluate the programs that we currently offer and develop programs that address the specific needs.”