Community Needs Assessment Survey Available to Hudson Valley Residents

Kingston, N.Y. – September 22, 2014 – Residents of New York's Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties are invited to take a short survey about their health and the services they use. The goal of the survey is to learn more about the health care needs of the community to identify and plan localized healthcare delivery in the future.

The survey is anonymous, will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is available online. Participants are encouraged to share the survey link and information about the survey with friends, family and other residents of the Hudson Valley.

This is being launched as part of a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment focused on local health care, an essential element of the New York state Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP). The overarching goals of DSRIP are to transform the healthcare delivery system in New York, reduce avoidable hospital use, improve access to other healthcare services; thereby reducing Medicaid spending. The Community Needs Assessment, one of the first steps in the DSRIP plan, is used to identify the most pressing needs of the Hudson Valley residents and select DSRIP projects most appropriate to impact those needs.

“The DSRIP project will be transformational in lowering healthcare costs, providing a better patient experience and improving healthcare outcomes, which will lead to our future success in focusing on quality of care rather than the volume of care,” said David Scarpino, President and CEO of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®.

DSRIP promotes community-level partnerships and provides financial support to healthcare providers to implement programs to better meet the needs of their communities, with a particular focus on behavioral health. This survey is being administered through a collaborative effort between HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley®, the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation at Westchester Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, and Refuah Health Center Performing Provider Systems (PPS).

The survey will be made available through several Hudson Valley healthcare provider websites and offices, including HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®, the Institute for Family Health and the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health. Results of the community survey will be available in October. For more information or questions, contact Craig Storrow at 845-334-4823.


About the Participants

The Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation at Westchester Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Refuah Health Center, and HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley Performing Provider Systems (PPS), are partnerships of regional care providers who will collaborate to create integrated healthcare systems outlined in the Governor’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. Each PPS is one of the 42 ‘Emerging PPSs’ selected by New York State to participate in the DSRIP program. PPSs include practitioners from all sectors of healthcare including hospitals, physician-based practices, nursing homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers, behavioral health providers, health homes, and community-based organizations.

To learn more about the Performing Provider Systems, click here.

To learn more about New York State's DSRIP project, click here.

About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our web site at