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Area hospitals receive funding

The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will distribute over $228,032 from the Small Hospital Improvement Program to 32 rural hospitals in North Dakota.

“The Center for Rural Health is pleased to support North Dakota’s rural critical access hospitals, with federal grant funds, dedicated to improving and maintaining access to high-quality and safe health care for local residents,” said Lynette Dickson, associate director at the Center for Rural Health.

Administered by the Center for Rural Health, SHIP is funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. SHIP expenditures are focused on quality improvement, performance improvement and patient safety. Funding is used to support complex health care billing, coding and reimbursement processes, and is used to upgrade software and hardware, as well as for staff training, consultation and educational materials.

Each rural hospital received $7,126. Hospitals receiving SHIP funds include:

* Ashley Medical Center, Ashley, for the purchase of medical coding software

* Carrington Health Center, Carrington, for the implementation of a patient satisfaction program

* Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown, for the purchase of medical coding hardware and software and for staff training

* Linton Hospital, Linton, for staff medical coding training and purchasing a subscription to quality-related computer software

* Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon, for staff training

* Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, for staff medical coding training

* Wishek Community Hospital, Wishek, for the purchase of medical coding hardware and software