Priority Health Needs

St Joseph County

Priority Health Needs

Memorial Hospital South Bend is committed to embracing the diversity of our community and strengthening the relationships within our community to help make St. Joseph County a healthy place to live!

Memorial Hospital is committed to helping our community become one of the healthiest in the nation. Creating a healthier community means helping people stay well by:

  • Educating on important topics
  • Providing the means to adopt healthier lifestyle choices
  • Removing barriers to ensure access to adequate health care

Memorial established numerous community health programs and services and provides a significant amount of traditional financial assistance for uninsured patients who cannot afford health services.

Community Benefit programs are ultimately designed to primarily serve the indigent, at-risk, minority, medically under-served and most vulnerable populations of our communities. This will ultimately improve the long-term, comprehensive health of our community as a whole.

Elkhart County

Priority Health Needs

Elkhart County, Indiana, was established in 1830, with the original county seat in Dunlap and was later moved to Goshen. Today Elkhart County has three growing cities, four towns, and 16 townships. Elkhart County is located in northern Indiana and borders the state of Michigan. The County is approximately 463.91 square miles in size. Elkhart County lies halfway between Chicago and Cleveland and is located near Interstate 80/90 and the Indiana Toll Road.

Elkhart County’s service providers have a history of actively forming partnerships in an effort to meet the health needs of its residents. Elkhart County takes pride in offering its residents a great place to live and continually strives to establish new businesses and provide an entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Elkhart County is Elkhart General Hospital’s (EGH) primary service area. According to the 2016 US Census estimates, Elkhart County’s population rose to 203, 781. In 2016, the percentage of persons 65 years and older was estimated at 14%.

Census data show that 89.6% of Elkhart County residents are White, 6.2% are Black, and 1.2% Asian. Hispanics may be of any race, and the data show that 15.5% are Hispanic or Latino in origin. In 2016, 3.3% of the total labor force was unemployed.

The median household income (2016) of Elkhart County residents was $54,582. The percentage of persons living in poverty was 13.2% in 2016.

EGH has historically defined its geographic primary market area as Elkhart County. For the purpose of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), the community served is defined as those persons residing in Elkhart County. As identified though U.S. Census data, Elkhart County encompasses a mix of cultural, ethnic, and economic populations.