Several rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in North Dakota have been named among the 20 highest-ranked CAHs in the nation or were singled out as Best Practices Recipients, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. The awards were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association.

CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington, Linton Hospital and Wishek Community Hospital were named among the top 20 CAHs. The determining factors for the top 20 CAHs were based on indicators of strength, including quality of care provided, patient outcomes, and financial stability.

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The Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural communities. The CRH has longstanding relationships with rural hospitals in North Dakota through several programs that provide technical assistance in many areas, including quality improvement, workforce development, community assessment and planning, funding opportunities, and community engagement.

"This national recognition acknowledges the importance and success of a number of our rural hospitals in our state," said Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the CRH. "These hospitals face significant financial and health workforce pressures but are still able to provide high quality services to their citizens. It is testimony to the commitment of the administration and staff of these hospitals and the support they receive from their communities. Rural health is all about rural communities and building local capacity."