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Community Services

The Community Services Department makes measurable differences in the lives of people like you who are served by Ephraim McDowell CommunityServices1Health. Our goals are:

  • To improve access to health services, especially for the underinsured and the uninsured;
  • To enhance wellbeing by helping individuals develop achievable, quantifiable health goals;
  • To advance knowledge by mentoring health career students from all disciplines;
  • To relieve government burden by providing screening and early detection for heart disease, cancer and obesity.

A 2011 needs assessment identified the primary health risk factors in communities served by Ephraim McDowell Health. Now our nurses provide health education that equips people to make healthy choices and change their own lives to reduce their health risks. You can view this extensive report by clicking the link below.

EMRMC Community Health Assessment

EMFLH Community Health Assessment

EMRMC FY2014 Work Plan 

FLH FY2013 Work Plan 

That’s why we support four health initiatives:

  • Health screenings for people at risk for heart disease, cancer and obesity. Click here for Stroke screening and Study Impacts
  • Children’s programs about nutrition and physical activity
  • Faith community nursing and health ministry programs
  • School health index priorities

In our initiatives, we partner with other community entities such as school systems, health departments, churches, stockyards, and housing authorities.

Get Involved Now

  • Attend one of our upcoming community service events. Click here for the calendar of events.
  • Become a volunteer with our department and help your community.
  • Start a health ministry in your church.


 Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)
Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in over 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these beginnings can be treated before the heart is damaged!

Alarming statistics
Heart disease caused approximately one of every six deaths in the United States in 2006.
In 2011, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a first-time heart attack and an estimated 470,000 will have a repeat heart attack.
Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and every minute, someone will die of one.
85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—before heart damage occurs.

So what are the early symptoms?
Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

Also, people may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

Information courtesy of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

For more information, please call (859)239-2429.