Jody Ward directs and coordinates the activities of the North Dakota Medical Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) program administered by the Center for Rural Health at The University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Ward has been with the Center since 2008 and her office is based in Minot, N.D.
Ward has skillfully and enthusiastically led the CAH Quality Network in a number of quality and patient safety initiatives. She serves as a liaison to statewide stakeholders, facilitating the exchange of information and network development. Through the Flex program she assists rural hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) to maintain access to quality health services in rural communities.
Before joining the CRH, Ward was a Health Care Quality Improvement Project Coordinator for North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc. (NDHCRI). While at NDHCRI she participated in the development and implementation of quality improvement projects and provided technical support for all hospitals in N.D. She was also an ICU nurse at UniMed medical center in Minot, N.D.
Ward has a Master of Science degree in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) from the University of North Dakota and a registered nurse (RN) bachelor’s degree from Minot State University.
“Because the Center’s focus is on rural health and this is an area I am passionate about, I can work for an entity that has rural people as their priority and it is in alignment with what I believe in.”
Tel: (701) 858-6729
Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota School
of Medicine & Health Sciences
501 N Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037