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