Community Health Needs Assessment
North Canyon Medical Center (NCMC), located in Gooding, Idaho, is a nonprofit corporation that operates a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital in Gooding County, Idaho. The Medical Center provides comprehensive inpatient, emergency, and outpatient services to the residents primarily of Gooding County and the surrounding areas. NCMC has undertaken a community health needs assessment; a process driven by recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires tax-exempt hospitals to conduct needs assessments every three years. The purpose of the community health needs assessment is to uncover unmet health needs that exist within the community NCMC serves. Through the assessment, input is gathered from the community and applicable needs are prioritized, with an implementation strategy created to address the prioritized needs.