Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in North Dakota face
significant challenges. Over 90 percent of EMS staff are
volunteer, with continually dwindling numbers. Many
ambulance services and quick response units do not have
reliable and sustainable funding sources. To support
North Dakota EMS, the Center for Rural Health:
- Conducts research on rural emergency infrastructure.
- Facilitates and encourages the ongoing collaboration
between emergency medical services and critical access
hospitals throughout North Dakota.
- Partners with the
North Dakota EMS Association to provide quality
improvement initiatives for EMS units.
- Works with ND Department of Health, Division of EMS and
Trauma and other stakeholders to determine how a
community paramedicine model might work in North Dakota.
- Support efforts to assist critical access hospitals
and rural communities in developing collaborative
regional or local systems of care, addressing community
needs and integrating EMS.
For more information, see the Emergency Medical
Services page on the Center for Rural Health's Rural
Assistance Center website.
Lynette Dickson, MS,
RD, LRD - Associate Director
Most Recent Publications
- North Dakota Rural Hospitals and Emergency Medical Services Collaboration
Miller, M., & Gibbens, B.,
Results of a survey amongst North Dakota's 36 CAHs and their relationship with local EMS providers. Part of a series of fact sheets on Critical Access Hospitals and the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program.
- EMS Visioning
A vision for the future of EMS in North Dakota.