In 2011, 80 organizations worked together to develop the 2011 Kent County Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Health Profile. Results of the study were released in January 2012. The CHNA focused on the general health needs of our county. It did not include rehabilitation – the exclusive focus of care at Mary Free Bed.

Mary Free Bed Addendums

There are two Mary Free Bed addendums to the Kent County CHNA. They identify special needs for two segments of our population – patients who require cancer rehabilitation and members of the Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program.

Mary Free Bed CHNA Implementation Strategies

The Mary Free Bed plan addresses priorities and issues identified in the Kent County Health Needs Assessment as well as specific rehabilitation strategies. It spans the period April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2016.

Kent County strategic priorities addressed:

  • Increase the proportion of community members, including the uninsured and the working poor, who have access to affordable healthcare to promote equal access to high quality, affordable healthcare.
  • Increase the number of providers available that accept Medicaid or offer low-cost/free services to promote a coordinated system of care that is local, preventive, holistic and patient centered.

Kent County strategic issues addressed:

  • Improve quality of care for all community members.
    • Recreational Therapy
    • Cancer Rehabilitation Program
  • Increase physical activity by ensuring access to resources to be physically active.
    • Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program

Rehabilitation-specific strategic priorities addressed:

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Program
    • Specialty caregivers from multiple disciplines – including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapists, dieticians, social workers and mental health professionals – work with patients individually as they create customized rehabilitation plans to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, improve daily function and maximize quality of life.
  • Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports
    • Approximately 700 athletes participate in Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program. There are nearly a dozen competitive teams, some with national rankings. The sports, clinics and special events support physical, emotional and mental health for participants and their families.

Learn More

Read the Mary Free Bed CHNA.

Read the Kent County CHNA.