Community Needs Assessment Report

The health needs of the community and the the most pressing issues.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires tax-exempt hospitals to complete community health needs assessments (CHNA) at least once every three years and to put in place strategies for meeting the needs identified. For the tax year ending June 30, 2016, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is required to produce a CHNA and describe on Internal Revenue Service Form 990 how these needs are addressed, as well as any needs not being addressed, and why.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 1958 as the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Philadelphia. The Hospital has over 500 employees and is nationally recognized for outstanding programs in physical and cognitive rehabilitation, with comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury. Magee, in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, serves as the federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley. Only 14 such centers exist in the country. Magee is a founding member of The Christopher Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, which provides state of the art rehabilitation therapy.

Inpatient services are delivered at Magee’s main facility located at 16th and Race Streets in Center City Philadelphia. Outpatient programs are delivered in a variety of community settings including the Magee Riverfront outpatient center at 1500 South Columbus Boulevard, Magee at Watermark at 18th and Callowhill Streets and Magee at Oxford Valley. Work injury and pain management services are offered at the Work Fitness Center located within Magee Riverfront.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Community

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital defines the community served by geography and special populations. In regards to geography, the hospital primarily defines its community as Philadelphia County, surrounding Southeastern Pennsylvania counties, as well as the areas of South New Jersey and Delaware. Our special population served is adults with disabilities, many of whom have incurred life-changing injuries and illnesses including, but not limited to, spinal cord injury, stroke, acquired brain injury, amputation, major orthopedic issues and other often catastrophic injuries and illnesses. For the purposes of our Community Health Needs Assessment, the Hospital focused on the special population served—adults with disabilities.

Community Health Needs Assessment Process

To conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment, in 2015 Magee Rehabilitation Hospital convened a CHNA working group that included administrative staff and specially selected interns under the advisement of upper management. The CHNA survey used in the 2013 assessment contained 47 questions, was re-launched in November 2015 and closed on February 8, 2016. The survey was distributed to numerous former Magee Rehabilitation Hospital patients via the Hospital’s Lifetime Follow-Up and Outpatient programs. The survey was also shared with various other organizations that serve adults with disabilities, such as the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. The survey could be completed in writing and online (via Survey Monkey), and 241 individuals completed the survey. 

The CHNA survey was divided into seven main sections grouped by question topic, all of which are primary issues facing individuals living with disabilities.

  • Disability
  • Health and Social Services
  • Income and Employment
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Technology and Assistive Devices
  • Community Participation
  • Individual Information

Results of the survey are compiled in the CHNA report that follows. It is clearly understood that individuals with disabilities have many community health needs, and many of these cannot be successfully addressed or solved by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital alone. The CHNA report identifies such needs, including, but not limited to, substance abuse, employment, transportation, housing and medication.

It is further understood that individuals with disabilities have many health needs that are addressed by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Magee Rehabilitation Hospital identified three priority health needs that relate directly to the Hospital’s mission: education, injury and illness prevention, and wellness.

These priorities all pertain to adults with disabilities who are living in the community, as well as needs of the community at large. Several of these activities involve community partners. These priorities and the activities performed by Magee that support them are fully explained in the CHNA report that follows.

Dissemination of the Report to the Public

The CHNA is posted on the hospital’s website,

Click here to view the 2019 report .pdf

Click here to view the 2016 report .pdf. 

Click here to view the 2013 report .pdf.  

The report has been made available to all employees and stakeholders of Magee. It is available in full written form from the Magee Marketing and Public Relations Department by calling 215-587-3363.

Commitment to the Community

The mission of Magee Rehabilitation is to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities by providing high quality physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to providing quality rehabilitation and community programs to all who demonstrate a need and who can benefit from our services regardless of their ability to pay. Magee is committed to serve the Delaware Valley as a primary source of rehabilitative care, community involvement, education and research, which are primary aspects of the Magee Mission Statement.