Hospitals and Facilities
Strengthening and sustaining rural healthcare infrastructure means access to quality healthcare for rural North Dakota residents. We work with rural hospitals, facilities, and others interested in rural healthcare to:
- Provide rural facilities opportunities to maintain and improve the care they give
- Support current healthcare systems, allowing them to flourish
- Distribute various grants to sustain health systems
What We Can Do for You
Related to Hospitals and Facilities, we provide:
- Funding specific to rural hospitals and providers such as the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rural Health Grant Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).
- Rural hospital support with our Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network and Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program
- Opportunities to increase local healthcare capacity using assistance from the State Office of Rural Health.
We initiated and currently support the North Dakota CAH Quality Network, which is a resource for CAHs to share best practices and quality initiatives. We also work with both rural and urban hospitals to coordinate meetings and continuing education opportunities. Our staff are invited to present, at the state and national level, on the collaborative efforts related to quality and patient safety taking place in rural North Dakota. They also serve on a variety of committees related to EMS, HIT, quality improvement and other topics related to rural healthcare.
Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD - Associate Director
Most Recent Publications
Rural Health Research RECAP: Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals
This recap looks at hospital quality-of-care measures and the difficulties of developing quality measures, especially for rural hospitals with low patient volumes.Author(s): Bauman, S., Schroeder, S.
Date: January 2019
Type: Fact Sheet
Fifth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2019
Now in its fifth edition, the report is a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of these issues available anywhere, and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Center for Rural Health, the School, and the School's Advisory Council.Author(s): UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Date: November 2018
North Dakota Rural Health Innovation Tour
National and regional rural health leaders tour innovative rural and tribal health systems around North Dakota.Author(s): Gibbens, B.
Date: September 2018
Making General Surgery Available to All in Rural North Dakota
North Dakota native and UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences grad Mary Aaland leads the Rural Surgery Support Program to help recruit and retain rural surgeons.Author(s): Haugen, B.
Date: March 2018
Project ECHO: Changing North Dakota Fast
Project ECHO is using video technology to address the opioid epidemic by connecting specialists at academic or specialty health center "hub sites" with community-based primary care teams.Author(s): Kusler, S.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 43(1), 14-15
Date: March 2018
Most Recent Presentations
- Exploring Global Budgets and All-Payer Rate Setting Approaches: How Does it Impact Rural Providers?
Presented by Knudson, A., Oran, R. on Aug 16, 2016 at the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Region E Annual Conference, Medora, North Dakota