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Cavalier County Memorial Hospital receives grants

Cavalier County Memorial Hospital is the recent recipient of a grant for fiscal year 2013 through the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. 

Posted on 5/24/14

The Flex Community Health Needs Assessment Strategic Implementation grant for $14,995 will be used to help address the significant health needs as identified by the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).  Flex funding will be used to help support community awareness and education activities related to obesity, healthy eating, physical activity, and cancer screenings.

The North Dakota Flex Program, funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (Health Resources and Services Administration), is a state-based partnership that works with and assists rural hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local health care infrastructure. This year, the North Dakota Flex Program distributed approximately $170,000 in grant funds to 13 North Dakota critical access hospitals. In addition to grants, the CRH also uses North Dakota Flex Program funds to provide technical assistance to rural providers for community health needs assessments, internal surveys, and strategic planning.

The UND Center for Rural Health administers the North Dakota Flex Program.  The program operates in partnership with the North Dakota Healthcare Review, Inc., the North Dakota EMS Association, and the North Dakota Hospital Association.

The Cavalier County Memorial Hospital is also the recipient of a grant through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).  The SHIP grant for $7,126 will be used to purchase medical coding hardware and software.

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.

For more information on Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, visit their website, www.cavaliercountyhospital.com.