A3. Primary Needs of Population: Manatee Memorial services Manatee and surrounding counties. The total county population comprises 375,888 individuals made up by 71.6% White, 16.1% Hispanic, 8.5% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.5% American Indian and Alaskan Native, and 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, 2018). Manatee Memorial is considered a “magnet” service provider for the surrounding community related to the indigent care service agreement with the county, the hospitals’ geographic location provides walk in type visits for the underinsured or uninsured. The most notable demographic information includes an aging population, and individuals with low income and low education levels. Primary needs of the population that this facility serves include mental awareness and wellness, care of the elderly, as well as treatment related to lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. Manatee County has been identified as having a high number of homelessness which is likely to increase. An increase of this nature is surely to have a serious impact on the need for additional health services (Libby, Rugg, Laroche, & Kelly, 2009). The impact to the community and the hospital based on the above findings would include an increase in the number of staff required to provide healthcare with a focus on mental health and wellness, care of the elderly, and cancer screenings and preventative care. An increase in the number of homeless individuals would mean that those individuals more than likely will not
ESSENTIALS OF ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 4 maintain annual and preventative screening and may not have access to healthcare coverage resulting in an increase in Emergency Room visits when medical services are needed. A decrease in the wellness of community individuals may have a direct impact on the number of healthcare workers in the field, or the number of healthcare workers available to care for the community. The downstream effect will be a decrease in the overall number of people working in the community. Furthermore, this will result in a decrease in the productivity of the community. This decrease in community productivity will lead to economic instability and an inability of the community residents to meet the needs of the city requiring local and state organizations to provide financial support to meet the needs of the community. By doing so other public funding will suffer and may take priority away for other necessary funding including, but not limited to public safety and environmental care. The bottom line for the organization is that it may be necessary to hire additional staff, expanding its service line to meet the additional needs of the community. The addition of staff will lead to an increase in labor costs and a decrease in revenue generation to the organization.
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