07 - 29 - 2013 Wellness plan developed for Mifflin-Juniata residents
LEWISTOWN Lewistown Hospital has developed a wellness plan in response to the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, which documents lowered health quality in Mifflin and Juniata counties. The hospital's plan, referred to as the Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy, identified two main priorities: access to quality and timely care; and improved resources for healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to decreasing emergency department wait times, offering same-day appointments at Family Health Associates and providing health literacy programs, the hospital has started a medical home initiative, which pairs patients with a primary care doctor and screens them for possible public health insurance programs. The hospital is also working to accept most insurance plans, provide free care for those who cannot afford to pay, offer discounts to patients without insurance and offer extended time payments. The second priority, improving resources for healthy lifestyle choices, is a direct route to decreasing chronic conditions like heart disease, lower respiratory disease and obesity, all of which are prevalent in Mifflin and Juniata counties, according to the needs assessment. For more information visit, <a href="http://www.lewistownhospital.org/about-us/community-health-needs-assessment/page.aspx?id=2932" target="_blank">www.lewistownhospital.org</a>.