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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To promote and role model healthy behaviors to our community which will result in an improved quality of life

Objectives: 

  • Improve awareness of healthy behaviors
  • Increase awareness of health activities available in our area
  • Offer healthy activities on our campus that allow residents of all ages an opportunity to increase their level of exercise

Strategies:

Continue to educate individuals about the importance of wellness and health through:  

  • Community lectures, presentations, and workshops
  • Development and maintenance of walking, biking, and cross country ski trails throughout the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge property
  • Explore the creation of a trail that would connect the current hospital property trails to the City of Hayward trail system
  • Refer citizens to appropriate programs and support groups to assist them in developing and practicing health lifestyle behaviors- (smoking cessation, Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, etc)

Goal: To promote timely and care/cost level appropriate options for receiving care during times when the primary care clinics are not open

Objectives: 

  • Provide an option for the appropriate level of care during times the primary clinic is not traditionally open
  • Offer a lower cost alternative to care than the much higher cost of care that is found in an emergency room setting
  • Decrease the need to travel to find urgent care services

Strategies:

  • Collaborate with existing primary care physician clinics to begin offering urgent care services
  • Create urgent care business plan, to determine if Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge should offer urgent care services
  • Assess the financial impact of an urgent care service on the operations of the hospital.
  • If feasible, complete remodeling project that would provide space for an urgent care service immediately adjacent to the emergency department
  • If feasible, develop policies and procedures for urgent care
  • Implement urgent care services

Goal: Raise community awareness of specialty care services available in Hayward

Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of specialty services available locally
  • Reduce the need to travel to receive specialty services
  • Increase in scope and frequency the number of specialty services traveling to the Hayward area

Strategies:

  • Create a listing of specialty services available in the community and publish in the Sawyer County Record
  • Discuss local availability of specialty services on the lifestyles north radio program

Goal: To partner and collaborate with other entities to create or enhance health related services to our community

Objectives: 

  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with other health care and governmental organizations
  • Leverage these relationships to enhance the services provided to our community

Strategies:

  • Continue membership and support in the Northern Wisconsin Health Network
  • Continue discussions with Essentia Health on a joint therapy program to include the areas of PT, OT, and Speech
  • Identify and evaluate other opportunities for collaboration

Goal: To partner and collaborate with other entities to create or enhance health related services to our community

Objectives: 

  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with other health care and governmental organizations
  • Leverage these relationships to enhance the services provided to our community

Strategies:

  • Continue membership and support in the Northern Wisconsin Health Network
  • Continue discussions with Essentia Health on a joint therapy program to include the areas of PT, OT, and Speech
  • Identify and evaluate other opportunities for collaboration

Goal: To promote and role model healthy behaviors to our community which will result in an improved quality of life

Objectives: 

  • Improve awareness of healthy behaviors
  • Increase awareness of health activities available in our area
  • Offer healthy activities on our campus that allow residents of all ages an opportunity to increase their level of exercise

Strategies:

Continue to educate individuals about the importance of wellness and health through:  

  • Continue to educate individuals about the importance of wellness and health through community lectures, presentations, and workshops
  • Refer citizens to appropriate programs and support groups to assist them in developing and practicing health lifestyle behaviors- (smoking cessation, Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, etc)