Community Health Needs Assessment

Just how healthy is our community?

In compliance with provisions of the Affordable Care Act and Internal Revenue Service regulations for tax-exempt hospitals, Morris Hospital completes a Community Health Needs Assessment. The most recent Community Health Needs Assessment was completed in 2016.

Like previous years, heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease continue to surface as the leading causes of death in the communities served by Morris Hospital.

In the counties served by Morris Hospital (Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston and Will), over one-fourth of adults are overweight and close to one-third are obese. These percentages equate to over 60% of the adult population being overweight or obese.

Morris Hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment was put together  using a number of sources, including information gathered during interviews with community stakeholders, as well as data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, U.S. Census reports, County Health Rankings, Illinois Youth Survey, CDC National Health Statistics, Illinois State Police, and discharge data from Morris Hospital.

Here are some of the other key findings of the health needs assessment:

  • Among adults, between 18.7% and 25.9% of the population in the Morris Hospital service area counties rated their mental health as “not good” for between 1 and 7 days in the past month. Mental health ratings of “not good” for between 8 and 30 days in the past month were reported by an additional 10.4 to 15% of the population.
  • Of the counties in the Morris Hospital service area, Grundy County has the highest incidence rate for all cancers (530.2 per 100,000 persons). Grundy County also has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer (92.2), colorectal cancer (54) and esophageal cancer (8.1).  La Salle County has the highest rate of prostate cancer (176.9) and Will County has the highest rate of breast cancer (128.8).
  • 33.8% of adults in Livingston County have been diagnosed with arthritis, which is higher than the state rate of 25.1%.
  • Among adults, 13.9% in Grundy County have been diagnsoed with asthma, higher than the state rate of 9.1%.
  • 10.6% of Will County adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, which is higher than the state rate of 10.2%.
  • Livingston County (4.9%) and Will County (4.5%) have higher rates of coronary heart disease than the state (3.6%).
  • The rate of binge drinking (five or more drinks per occasion for males, and four or more drinks per occasion for females) exceeds the state rate of 20.3% in three area counties.
  • In response to the 2016 findings, Morris Hospital is in the processing of creating a three year implementation strategy that focuses on the priority health areas identified in the study.

An entire copy of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment is available for public viewing by following this link:

To view the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment and 2013 Implementation Strategy, please follow these links:

We welcome your feedback on the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy.  Please send your comments to the hospital through the website Contact Us feature. To request a paper copy of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, call the Public Relations office at Morris Hospital at 815-705-7009, or send an email to the hospital through the website Contact Us feature. Be sure to write “Please send Community Health Needs Assessment” in the Comments/Questions field.

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