University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Small hospitals receive funds through Center for Rural Health

The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will distribute over $278,980 from the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 36 rural hospitals in North Dakota.

“The Center for Rural Health is pleased to partner with the state’s 36 rural hospitals to support their ongoing efforts to provide high quality health care services to their local residents. This grant program provides federal funds for projects, identified locally, related to quality improvement,” said Lynette Dickson, associate director at the Center for Rural Health.

Hospitals receiving SHIP funds include:

  • Ashley Medical Center, Ashley
  • Carrington Health Center, Carrington
  • Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, Langdon
  • Community Memorial Hospital, Turtle Lake
  • Cooperstown Medical Center, Cooperstown
  • First Care Health Center, Park River
  • Garrison Memorial Hospital, Garrison
  • Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby
  • Hillsboro Medical Center, Hillsboro
  • Jacobson Memorial Hospital, Elgin
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown
  • Linton Hospital, Linton
  • Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon
  • McKenzie Co. Healthcare System, Watford City
  • Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake
  • Mercy Hospital, Valley City
  • Mercy Medical Center, Williston
  • Nelson County Health System, McVille
  • Northwood Deaconess Health Center, Northwood
  • Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes
  • Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier
  • Presentation Medical Center, Rolla
  • Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen
  • Sanford Health – Mayville Hospital, Mayville
  • Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman
  • St. Aloisius Medical Center, Harvey
  • St. Andrew’s Health Center, Bottineau
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, Crosby
  • Towner County Medical Center, Cando
  • Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital, Kenmare
  • Unity Medical Center, Grafton
  • Wishek Community Hospital, Wishek
  • West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger

Administered by the Center for Rural Health, SHIP is funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The purpose of the program is to support rural hospitals in providing quality care to rural residents and to fund financial studies designed to help with complex health care billing, coding and reimbursement processes.  Funds have been used to upgrade equipment for financial operations and information technology, and for staff training, consultation, and educational materials.