Published on December 31, 2014

Community Engagement Project for Pella

PELLA, Iowa— Pella Regional Health Center recently participated in a community engagement project to develop a plan for community health improvement efforts for the next three years. This project included a community health needs assessment, secondary data analysis of health information and a town hall meeting coordinated by Vince Vandehaar, of VVV Research & Development Inc., an independent health research and consulting firm from Olathe, Kansas. The project also includes a health implementation plan to help guide the Pella Regional and area organizations in health improvement efforts.

The community health needs assessment brought together community health leaders, providers and local residents from Marion, Mahaska, Jasper and Wapello counties, to research, prioritize area health needs and document community health delivery successes.

Key findings from the assessment include:

  • Area employers value employees health
  • EMS and ambulance services are outstanding
  • Pella Regional offers excellent Emergency Room care
  • A broad variety of health services are available at Pella Regional
  • Quality primary care providers are available along with good visiting specialists

Opportunities to make community health changes and improvements were also noted and expanded in the health implementation plan. Key areas for examination include:

  • Increasing outpatient and inpatient mental health services and addressing substance abuse
  • Providing more affordable nursing home care options
  • Fighting obesity with a focus on fitness, nutrition and prevention actions
  • Providing insurance price transparency
  • Improving local cardiac services
  • Improving water quality, increasing testing and targeting Lake Red Rock
  • Exploring and/or developing a stand-alone Urgent Care
  • Addressing dementia services and Alzheimer’s Care.

The complete report is available online at or by contacting Public Relations at Pella Regional Health Center at 641-621-2290.