The hospital is in a rural setting, predominately agricultural based. The average income is at or below the FPG. The population is predominately Caucasian,
high-school educated, and geriatric in nature.
The hospital is the largest healthcare system in the area serving two counties and surrounding areas. One of the counties has been designated a Medically Underserved
area. Both counties have been designated a health shortage area. The service area includes small cities and surrounding suburbs, small towns and rural agricultural
areas. The population includes a significant number of retired and active military personnel and large minority population, both African-American and Hispanic.
The hospital is located in a suburban county that is part of a large metropolitan area. With the service area rapidly expanding and the over 65 population expected to
grow by over 18% in the next five years, the health care needs of our service area are expanding and changing. A projected 24% growth in the Hispanic population in the
western area challenges us to accommodate diverse language and cultural needs.