What is your biggest healthcare concern?

Do you have health insurance?

Can you get an appointment with a doctor?

The answers to these and other questions will help Calvert Memorial Hospital and local healthcare leaders identify unmet needs – a vital step in planning new services and programs.

Beginning this week, a community health survey will be distributed throughout the county and posted on-line at www.calverthospital.org.

To participate, Calvert residents can complete the survey on the CMH website or pick up a copy at one of 18 locations. It is available at the hospital and its satellites, the medical office building, public libraries, senior centers, courthouse, health department, social services, County Services Plaza, Calvert Marine Museum and College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus.

The completed forms can be mailed using the prepaid envelopes provided or dropped in the collection boxes at these same sites. The deadline for submitting replies is Oct. 15. The survey is part of an ongoing study by the Calvert County Community Health Improvement Roundtable.

A similar study, conducted in 1995, was the springboard for the formation of the roundtable, which represents a cross-section of local health organizations, schools and churches.

Their goal is to target gaps in service that can be addressed collectively by community action.

Preliminary findings will be presented at a community forum on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. at the CSM campus in Prince Frederick.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their healthcare concerns with panelists CMH President and CEO James Xinis, Calvert County Health Officer Dr. David Rogers and Dr. John Barth of the Calvert Internal Medicine Group.

The moderator will be CSM Associate Professor Jim Fehr. Area health agencies will be represented, as well.