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CAH Quality Network

ND CAH Quality Network LogoThe North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network was established in 2007 through the voluntary work of critical access hospitals throughout the state of North Dakota. An executive committee of critical access hospital representatives serve as a decision making body and provide leadership to the members and oversight of the coordinators' efforts. A stakeholder committee, represented by statewide partner organizations, provides feedback and a link to increase communication.

The Network serves as a common place for North Dakota’s critical access hospitals (CAHs) to share best practices, tools, and resources related to providing quality of care. The Network supports quality improvement activities of the Network members and assists them with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. A goal of the Network is to improve information sharing and networking at the regional and state level among tertiary facilities and stakeholders to prevent duplication of efforts.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Network is to support ongoing performance improvement of North Dakota's critical access hospitals.


Partnership for Patients logoThe Network is supported through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and administered by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Most Recent Publications

  • North Dakota Hospital Assessment: 2014 Chartbook
    This Chartbook presents the findings of the 2014 survey of hospitals in North Dakota. This resource does not provide analysis or discussion of the results, but instead, offers a graphic discourse on the current hospital environment in the state. Output includes aggregate data stratified by geographic region (Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest) and hospital type (CAH or tertiary).
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Hart, G., Gibbens, B., Dickson, L., Peterson, M. & Ahmed, A.
    Date: December 2014
    Type: Report
  • North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network's Implementation and Use of the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal: April 2010-March 2011
    Describes the program’s purpose, the role of the CAH Quality Network in the implementation of the Portal and use of the data, and summarizes the project’s goals while highlighting the program’s year-end progress. Presents the output data derived from the thirteen CAHs participating in the Portal.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Ward, J., & Miller, M.
    Date: June 2011
    Type: Report
  • North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network Evaluation Executive Summary
    Presents a summary of the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's evaluation, activities, and accomplishments from 2008-2010.
    Author(s): Gibbens, B.
    Date: December 2010
    Type: Report
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