Community outreach activities grow from Holland Hospital’s mission to “continually improve the health of the communities we serve” by offering a variety of programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. The focus of many Outreach activities is on enhancing childhood well-being and cardiovascular health through programs at work sites, schools, churches and in the community. We are fortunate to live in a region where good health is a high priority. We
remain committed to addressing the health needs within the communities we serve.
Programs and services include:
The Center for Good Health
A comprehensive program of classes, seminars, support groups and wellness programs to help community members take control of their health. All activities are open to the public. For more information on programs or call (616) 394-3344.
Faith Community Nurse
The Faith Community Nurse can be the only access to health care for one of our most vulnerable populations: homeless women and children living at The Mission. Last year she recorded nearly 1,400 visits.
She provides health services (illness, injury assessments and interventions), health education, health counseling with appropriate referrals, and promotes a healthy environment through healthy lifestyles and wellness education. Using the hospital's physician network, she also makes referrals to doctors, assists in obtaining free medications and screens for TB.
In addition, the Faith Community Nurse is trained in spiritual counseling. This added aspect of her work enables her to work effectively with people who are not only suffering physically, but are also living under great stress and trauma, often as a result of abuse.
The CHEER program is a free education and support program led by nurses who are dedicated to helping you successfully live with and manage your heart failure. These nurses are specially trained in heart failure and will support and encourage you in making lifestyle adjustments that can improve your health and wellness. They are also available to answer any questions that you might have regarding your diagnosis and treatment. They work closely with you and your doctors to monitor your symptoms, helping you feel better and stay out of the hospital. Services include: free educational materials, follow up phone visits, one on one education as needed and a monthly Heart 2 Heart support group meeting. For more information call (616) 494-4031.
Registered nurses and health aides take day-to-day health care services to area schools to promote health and wellness, prevent diseases and injury, assist children who are in need or at risk, and provide in-school case management for those who have health care needs such as diabetes and asthma. The goal of the program is to give children the tools they need to develop healthy lifestyle habits and enhance their learning.
Holland Hospital currently funds this program in schools in the Holland West Ottawa public school districts. School nurses are invaluable in the school setting to monitor children with chronic conditions, assess a child's acute condition and advocate for the safety of all students. They make physician referrals and partner with school staff to provide education on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. For more information on School Nursing, call (616) 394-3486.
Holland Community Health Center
Demand for services is rising dramatically. With over 12,000 visits each year, The Community Health Center serves more than 4900 patients providing health care services to those in need. The center treats anyone regardless of language, cultural barriers or ability to pay.the .The Center serves a diverse population: 42% are children, 40% are White, 40% are Latino, about 49% of the patients have Medicaid or Medicare, 23% have insurance and 28% pay for services, full or in part, themselves. The services most frequently provided are immunizations for children, well-child, preventative check-ups and diabetes care.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The federal government now requires that non-profit hospitals conduct a community health assessment. These census-like studies help health care providers build stronger relationships with their communities, identify needs and dedicate funding and other resources toward programs that clearly benefit local residents. The outcome of this multi-organizational study is available for reading in the download links.