In our efforts to meet the broader health needs of the community, Tomball Regional Health Foundation (TRHF) will continue to support a number of programs initiated by Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), while identifying new opportunities for collaboration.
Post-Sale Transaction Commitments
With the acquisition of Tomball Regional Medical Center on October 1, 2011, Tomball Texas Holdings, LLC and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “TRMC” or “Buyer”) committed to provide continued support of certain community initiatives, and annually report on the actions taken toward meeting those commitments as part of the asset purchase agreement. TRMC is fulfilling all of its obligations under the agreement including the following:
TRMC has committed to fund at least $50 million in capital expenditures over the next five years at the TRMC facilities. In addition, TRMC intends to develop a diagnostic services or primary care site in Magnolia within the next two years. As of the end of December 2011, TRMC had made capital expenditures of over $5.8 million.
Continued Support of TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries (“TOMAGWA”)
From 2007 to 2011, THA provided approximately $490,000 in support to TOMAGWA.
TRMC has committed to contribute to TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries at least $150,000 per year for the next ten years to support TOMAGWA’s mission of providing care to community members with limited resources.
TRMC has contributed $25,000 to TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries to help advance its mission of providing care to community members with limited resources, and will complete a $150,000 initial annual contribution by September 30, 2012.
Lone Star College – Tomball
TRMC continues to support the nursing and allied health professional programs of The Lone Star College in Tomball. TRMC has signed a lease with the Lone Star College System to reduce its rent to $1 per year for 99 years and provide a student sharing arrangement.
Looking Ahead – Future Community Initiatives
Community Health Needs Assessment
TRHF’s future partnerships will be informed by a community health needs assessment conducted in December 2011 and March of 2017 for the Tomball, Magnolia, Waller and the surrounding communities (portions of three counties: Harris, Waller and Montgomery). Our assessment focused on two main objectives:
- Determine the current health status of, and healthcare resources for, the service area population; and
- Understand the unmet health needs of the service area population.
The determinants of health guiding the assessment were based on a range of factors that influence health status, including: social and physical; behavioral; biological and genetic; and health services and environmental determinants.
The local health status and unmet health needs were evaluated through publicly-available health related statistics and data as well as community interviews with stakeholders including: elected officials; hospital executives and medical professionals; and education, faith and community leaders.
Our assessment revealed that our greatest unmet community health needs include the following focus areas: lack of health insurance coverage; dentistry; medical transportation; obesity; adult day care; and heart disease.
Service area data revealed that overall the service area is approximately on par with the Texas state averages in both health determinants and health outcomes. However, that does not necessarily mean that the population is healthy – Texas was ranked 40th among the states in overall health in 2010 – so there is still more work to be done.