Suicide Top Concern for WPH Patrons | Big Horn Basin Media

Suicide Top Health Concern for West Park Hospital

Written by on May 16, 2017

Suicide and mental health are the top concerns for the community of Cody, according to a recent assessment conducted by West Park Hospital.

In January, the hospital completed their second Community Health Needs Assessment, in an attempt to determine the most critical health needs facing our area. County-level data and the view-points of local experts are collected to then develop a plan for how the organization can help address these top health concerns.

The report shows that the top six critical health needs WPH will be assisting with for the next three years are suicide and mental health, healthcare accessibility and affordability, substance abuse, obesity, physical inactivity and cancer.

Ashley Trudo, Marketing and Public Relations manager for West Park Hospital, explains that the report gives the organization a direction in which they can take action to address those concerns, as they did after they conducted their first assessment in 2013.

Trudo says that the availability of the assessment to the public is important, because the report identifies services the hospital and their collaborators are already offering that hospital patrons might not be aware of.

To access the detailed or condensed version of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, go to

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