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Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grants provide support to small rural hospitals with implementation of delivery system changes. Funds will benefit small rural hospitals and help ensure that they have a strong foundation to provide quality healthcare to their community.

Grant award is made available to the UND Center for Rural Health through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy. Federal authorization for the SHIP program is found in Section 1820 (8) (3) of the Social Security Act and the Labor HHS Appropriations Act of 2002 (PUBL 107-116).

To qualify for SHIP Grants, applicant hospitals are required to be small non-Federal, short-term, general acute care facilities with 49 or fewer beds, and must be located in a rural area. Successful applicants will receive funding for one year and renewal is contingent upon satisfactory applicant performance. Amounts awarded are dependent upon the availability of federal appropriated funds.

Learn more about SHIP at the federal level. The Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences receives and administers the SHIP grant.

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