Pella Regional Health Center is Committed to Community - Pella Regional Health Center

Community

Pella Regional provides a wide range of services critical to the patients we serve. Our commitment is truly to our communities - as an employer, as a community resource and as a health care provider.

Community Benefits

Our Community Benefits Report accounts for services that are needed by the community, but that we provide at a financial loss. Pella Regional provided nearly $4.4 million in community benefits in 2016, according to an assessment by the Iowa Hospital Association. That amount includes nearly $3.5 million in uncompensated care such as charity care, bad debt and unpaid costs of Medicaid. 

These benefits were:

Charity Care at Cost $323,769

Medicaid Shortfalls $6,487,716

Community Building Activities $15,930

Community Improvement Services $679,418

(24/7 Nurseline Service, Health Fairs, Screenings, Support Groups, Services to Special Populations)

Health Professions Education $204,046

(Clinical site for medical, nursing, pharmacy, technical and therapy students)

Financial and In-Kind Donations $9,910

At Pella Regional, we have elected submit financial details from our IRS 990 which reports financial assistance and other community benefits at cost and which EXCLUDE our Medicare shortfall and bad debt expense from our Community Benefit calculation.

Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Implementation Plan Summary

Community Health Needs Assessment Summary

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. The project also includes a health implementation plan to help guide the Pella Regional and area organizations in health improvement efforts.

Key findings from the assessment include:

  • Strong local facilities for health care
  • Improved senior care
  • Pella Regional offers excellent emergency care
  • Dedication of doctors
  • Quality ambulance services

View the complete Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) here.

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

  • Lack of qualified health care workers seeking employment
  • Mental health access, diagnosis and placement
  • Community health education

The updated report Health Implementation Plan 2017 (PDF) is available here.

Resources:

VVV Research & Development, Inc., Olathe, KS

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Marion Co. Public Health Dept.