Serving The Community

St. Dominic’s seeks to fulfill its mission by establishing community and performing service in the name of Jesus Christ. That means giving of time, talents, and resources to make our communities better places to live. The St. Dominic’s family of caregivers not only serves patients, but also contributes to an atmosphere of care and compassion for those outside the hospital’s walls. St. Dominic’s strives to not only provide care for the sick but also to offer education and wellness services to the community in order to improve the health status of those around us and eliminate risk factors for more serious health problems.

Every three years St. Dominic’s conducts an assessment of the wellness and needs of community members as well as available resources to fulfill their needs. The resulting document is known as the Community Health Needs Assessment and is used as a blueprint over the succeeding years to develop or support programs and services aimed at fulfilling the identified needs. Click on the links below to view the most recent reports.

pdf_icon2016–2018 Community Health Needs Assessment for St. Dominic Hospital
pdf_icon 2013–2015 Community Health Needs Assessment for St. Dominic Hospital

On an annual basis St. Dominic Health Services produces a Community Benefit Report that details its efforts to fulfill the needs of the community during the prior year. Click on the links below to view available Community Benefit Reports.

St. Dominic’s reaches beyond its hospital walls and into the community to meet the health needs of the underserved. This is accomplished through the Care-A-Van mobile health screening program and the Community Health Clinic in Jackson’s inner city.

In segments of the community where there is an identified need, the 42-foot Care-A-Van targets both city and county public and parochial schools plus Boys and Girls Clubs conducting basic health screenings and education programs for children. The majority of the children screened come from families who don’t have access, or do not utilize available preventive health care resources. A typical screening includes checks for vision and hearing problems, appropriate height and weight, blood pressure and scoliosis. When potential health problems are found, both the school and parents are notified so that appropriate referrals and proper treatment can be given.

As part of its mission to assist the elderly, the Care-A-Van provides blood pressure checks at nine senior adult community centers each month and an additional screening or an educational program is provided at each center monthly. In addition, the Care-A-Van serves annually as a first aid station at the Mississippi Senior Olympics, at a large local flea market, faith-based community health fairs and other community events where large numbers of people are present.

The Care-A-Van records over 12,000 direct contacts with children and senior adults at risk for health problems each year. These contacts represent over 2,000 hours of service from the Care-A-Van staff and volunteers.
St. Dominic’s Community Clinic was established to serve the homeless and working poor who cannot afford basic medical care.

In addition to providing primary health services, the clinic’s purpose is also to lead members of the community to make healthier lifestyle choices. It is staffed by a consultative family practice physician, a full-time family nurse practitioner, a medical assistant, counselor, security and volunteer nurses and physicians.
Patients to St. Dominic’s Community Health Clinic are welcomed with no appointment necessary. Primary health care services include routine checkups, treatment of acute illnesses, sports or employment physicals, eye exams by an opthalmologist, limited chronic care, nutrition counseling, waived lab testing, scheduling of lab, x-ray or other diagnostic services or referrals for specialty care and social services, plus assistance with prescriptions, supplies and equipment.

The clinic also provides a variety of educational programs for children, adolescents and adults in an effort to promote disease prevention and safety among this segment of the population.

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One way that St. Dominic’s reaches beyond its hospital walls and into the community is through its Care-A-Van outreach program. With health prevention as its focus, this 42-foot mobile screening bus travels throughout Central Mississippi conducting both screenings and education programs for school-age children and the elderly.

In segments of the community where there is an identified need, the Care-A-Van targets both city and county public and parochial schools plus Boys and Girls Clubs conducting basic health screenings. The majority of the children screened come from families who don’t have access, or do not utilize available preventive health care resources. A typical screening for these groups includes checks for vision and hearing problems, appropriate height and weight, blood pressure and scoliosis. When potential health problems are found, both the school and parents are notified so that appropriate referrals and proper treatment can be given.

Although numerous referrals are made each year for follow-up care, none are nearly as serious as one in 2004, where a simple Care-A-Van screening on a four-year-old revealed an unusually high blood pressure. He was immediately referred to his pediatrician who, along with specialists, discovered a rare aortic defect. Left undetected, this condition could have led to more serious heart problems.

As part of its mission to assist the elderly, the Care-A-Van provides blood pressure checks at nine senior adult community centers each month and another screening or an educational program is provided at each center monthly. In addition, the Care-A-Van serves annually as a first aid station at the Mississippi Senior Olympics, at a large local flea market, faith-based community health fairs and other community events where large numbers of people are present.

Each year the Care-A-Van program records over 12,000 direct contacts with children and senior adults at risk for health problems. These contacts represent over 2,000 hours of service from the Care-A-Van staff and volunteers.

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