2018-19 Community Health Needs Assessment

Chatham Hospital, part of the UNC Health Care System, is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Siler City, NC. Chatham Hospital has a history of providing health care to the residents of Chatham and surrounding counties. The hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission, provides surgical, medical, pediatric, and emergency services. Community-based outpatient services in the area of Diabetes Education, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Imaging, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation are also offered. As a critical access hospital, Chatham Hospital is able to utilize beds to provide interim care to patients who no longer require acute medical care, but need additional time and care for strengthening and recuperation before returning home. The 10-bed emergency department provides full-service around-the-clock care. UNC Health Care bases a helicopter for transport on the grounds of Chatham Hospital.

The Chatham Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) or the Community Health Assessment (CHA) by verbal commitment and formal agreement is a collaborative effort between the Chatham County Public Health Department and Chatham Hospital. The process allows establishment of health priorities and culminates in an action plan to address these priorities. Local agencies and organizations collaborate on health issues, planning and coordinating efforts to ensure that the most pressing health concerns are addressed.

The Chatham Health Alliance was formed to coordinate the health-related efforts in Chatham County. The action plan to address the identified health priorities form the CHNA is developed through the Chatham Health Alliance. The Chief Nursing Officer of Chatham Hospital has participated in the Chatham Health Alliance since its inception and served as the 2018 Chatham Health Alliance Chair. Chatham Hospital leadership remains active in the Alliance participating in the general meeting and sub-committees.

The Chatham Health Alliance (the Alliance) was established in March 2015, as an extension of the 2014 Community Health Assessment Steering Committee. The Alliance is a collaborative of local professionals and residents working together to improve health in Chatham County. The Alliance brings together both traditional and nontraditional partners to work on issues affecting health in Chatham County, with a focus on the health priorities identified in the Community Health Assessment: Access to Comprehensive Health Services, Obesity, and Poverty. WE, the members of the Alliance, strive to share resources and work together to enhance existing efforts and achieve a greater collective impact than we would individually. We use a systems approach to effect holistic change for the whole person, whole family, and whole community.

The Alliance meets the first Tuesday of every other month from 10 am to 12 pm. The Alliance has three subcommittees, several project groups that meet separately, as well as a Leadership Team. Alliance meetings are open, and anyone is welcome to join. See our calendar on the Chatham Health Alliance website.

Additional information about the Chatham Health Alliance can be found at www.chathamhealthalliancenc.org.