Mercy Health publishes market needs assessment under Obamacare


The Mercy Health Hackley Campus is located in Muskegon. Photo via

Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon has released findings from its 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, identifying significant community health issues in Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties.

The assessment, now a requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a continuation of the first one done by MHP in 2009.

“This report provides critical data needed to effectively analyze community health needs,” said Peter J. Sartorius, development and planning manager for MHP’s Muskegon Community Health Project. “Mercy Health Partners, along with other community organizations, will use the findings of this report to guide policy and resource decisions aimed at addressing unmet health needs.”

Among the top-ranked issues revealed in Muskegon County are depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy. In Oceana and Newaygo counties, the top-ranked issues include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, overuse of emergency rooms, STDs and lack of prenatal care.

The complete report is online at

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