Community Health Needs Assessment

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted to provide an understanding of the state of health in a community and the social factors contributing to and influencing health in the area. The CHNA may then be used as a guide for development of community health improvement strategies.

The periodic updating of assessments reflect changes in health status and factors over time and help ensure ongoing improvement efforts are based on the current needs of the community.

Saint Thomas Health and its member hospitals, conducted Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) of the communities it serves during the 2013 fiscal year.  CHNA's are done in three year cycles, and the next assessment is scheduled for 2016.
These assessments of unmet health needs will provide a basis for addressing the health needs of the county, and a reference for each of the hospital’s implementation strategy (community benefit plan) ensuring it is aligned with the community needs and Saint Thomas Health's ministry.

Identified Community Health Needs

Davidson County
Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
Saint Thomas West Hospital
Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery
Hickman County
Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital
Rutherford County
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital


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For additional information and collaboration inquiries, please contact:
Nancy Zuech Lim, MPH
Executive Director, Community Health & Benefit / Saint Thomas Health

2013 Letter to Community Partners.docxLetter to Community Partners and Proposal for Collaboration

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.