ELIZABETHTOWN - Elizabethtown Community Hospital is preparing to survey the community to gauge perceptions of the hospital and to learn about services that Essex County residents would like to have available at the hospital.
The hospital conducts random surveys of Essex County residents every two years.
Results provide the hospital with information that assists with planning efforts. Each time the hospital adds a service, develops a program or plans a renovation, it is done with knowledge gained through these surveys.
According to hospital Administrator and CEO Rod Boula, chemotherapy and MRI were added due to information obtained through survey process.
"Many people indicated that it would be helpful to have these services available close to home," he said. "After speaking with local physicians and obtaining additional statistics, the hospital was able to honor the community's request. It's incredibly important for this hospital to respond to the needs of our community; these surveys help the hospital identify needs."
The surveys are prepared at the hospital and mailed out to roughly 1,100 Essex County residents.
According to Jane Hooper, director of community relations, the previous survey had a response rate of 20 percent, which is incredibly high.