Thorek Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) conducted a Community Health Needs Survey of Cook County, Dupage County and Lake Country through Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC), a nationally recognized healthcare consulting firm with extensive experience conducting Health Needs Assessments in communities across the United States since 1994.
The PRC-MCHC Community Health Needs Assessment provides information so that communities may identify issues of greatest concern and decided to commit resources to those areas. The CHNA serves as a tool towards reaching three basic goals:
Improving health status, life spans and improving quality of life;
Reducing health disparities among residents; and
Increasing accessibility to preventive services to all community members.
The following "areas of opportunity" represent the significant health needs of the community, based on the information gathered from the Community Health Needs Assessment and the guidelines set forth in Healthy People 2020.
After considering the findings of the CHNA in the context of current community-focused activities and resources, Thorek has decided to address the following health priority areas (in no particular order):