Tioga Medical Center, Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital receive grants

GRAND FORKS – Tioga Medical Center in Stanley and Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital are recipients of grants through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. Tioga Medical Center will use their SHIP grant for $7,540 for staff education toward continued implementation of the hospital’s electronic health record system. Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital’s SHIP grant for $7,540 will be used to purchase computer equipment and patient care trainings for hospital staff.

“We are 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.

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, staff training, consultation and educational materials.

For more information on Tioga Medical Center, visit their website, (www.tiogahealth.org).

View critical access hospital profiles for both hospitals on the Flex website at (ruralhealth.und.edu).

– Jill Hambek