A community health needs assessment identifies the strengths and resources available in the community to meet the needs of children, youth, adults, families, and population groups. The assessment focuses on the capabilities of the community, including its citizens, agencies, and organizations. It provides a framework for developing and identifying services and solutions and building communities that support and nurture all residents. It may be limited to a compilation of demographic data from census records, results of surveys conducted by others, and informal feedback from community partners. Assessments may also be expanded to include focus group discussions, town meetings, interviews with stakeholders, and telephone or mailed surveys to individual members within the community (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Acts requires not-for-profit hospitals to:

Conduct a community needs assessment every three years, utilizing persons from the community that represent health care knowledge and persons from the broader community in the process and evaluation.

Make the needs assessment (Community Health Profile – CHP) widely available to the public

Needs assessment must take into account the medically underserved, low income, and minority populations.

MGH Reports

2017 MGH Annual Report and Community Benefit Summary PDF


Marion General Hospital exists to transform the health of our community through patient-centered, high quality, affordable care

Our Values:

  • Quality
  • Patient Service Excellence
  • Effective Communication
  • Resource Management
  • Teamwork
  • Community Driven

Award-Winning Health Services for the Whole Family:

In our hundred plus years of community service, we have been the trusted healthcare provider for generations of families. Our hospital caters to patients of all ages, from pediatric care to geriatric services. Always striving to provide our community with the best, MGH has been the recipient of prestigious healthcare awards on both the local and national level. This includes designation as Magnet hospital for nursing services and one of the top 100 rural hospitals in the U.S.

2018 Annual Cancer Care Report


  • To promote public awareness of cancer issues
  • To provide cancer/health screenings
  • To provide education and awareness about prevention (including lifestyle behavior modification, environmental and other risk factors)
  • To provide education and promote awareness of the importance of cancer screenings
  • To promote and provide education early detection of cancer
  • To continue to explore diverse venues for education and screening opportunities
  • Special emphasis through the Parish Nurse Program for smoking/tobacco products cessation and healthy weight

State & County Health Rankings

About the Program
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office—in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps help communities create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health, such as education and income. Having health insurance and quality health care are important to our health, but we need leadership and action beyond health care.

Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. The County Health Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.