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Area hospitals conducting online healthy survey

Available online until Feb. 15

GREENFIELD — A coalition of eight hospitals, including Baystate Franklin Medical Center, is conducting a study to identify public health areas that need the most attention locally, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Swisher.

A short survey, which can be taken by any Pioneer Valley resident, is accessible online in English and Spanish at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MassCHNA, until Feb. 15. Hospitals will be distributing paper copies in multiple languages.

It asks for generic answers to questions like, “Where do you and your family members receive routine health care services?”

The survey is just one part of the overall community health assessment, which hospitals are mandated to complete every few years. Hospitals also selected people in the community — such as health care providers, business leaders and education officials — to interview more in-depth.

Once the assessment is complete, hospitals will review the information and create goals for future community outreach and aid, said Swisher. The findings and goals will be published on the hospital’s websites next year.

The three hospitals in the Baystate Health System — in Greenfield, Springfield and Ware — conducted the last assessment together three years ago.

This year, the area’s eight hospitals decided to collaborate to share resources involving outreach and the technical aspects of managing the online survey.

In addition to the Baystate hospitals, other participants include: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children – Springfield, Sisters of Providence Health Services and Wing Memorial Hospital.

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