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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Healthcare quality

In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations rural program examples, you may also want to browse other case studies, databases, and websites with collections of health programs.

Each resource listed below uses its own criteria for selecting program examples, which may range from programs known to be effective based on research to anecdotal accounts. In each resource, you may want to review information on the level of evidence required for a program's inclusion.

May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.

Rural Success: Avera Holy Family Hospital, IA
Profiles the quality improvement efforts of Avera Holy Family Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in rural Iowa. Discusses quality initiatives regarding the Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) measure, patient experience, and antibiotic stewardship.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Success: Pembina County Memorial Hospital, ND
Describes the quality improvement efforts of Pembina County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), a Critical Access Hospital in Pembina, North Dakota. Discusses PCMH's use of patient experience data, communication regarding emergency department transfers, and antibiotic stewardship efforts.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Success: Paris Community Hospital, IL
Describes the quality improvement efforts of Paris Community Hospital in rural Paris, Illinois. Highlights the success of the emergency department's communication with other departments and facilities and opportunities to improve the hospital's antibiotic stewardship.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Texas SORH Fosters Quality Champions in Rural Hospitals Across the State
Details how the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) developed a Quality Improvement Training Program (QITP) and associated fellowship program to improve rural healthcare quality in the state's hospitals. The QITP trains participants, helps them become certified for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam, and encourages them to complete quality improvement projects within local hospitals.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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A Best Practices Approach to Treating Maternal Hemorrhage
Provides an overview of how Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas, developed and implemented protocols to improve maternal hemorrhage outcomes. Discusses the impact and lessons learned from implementing the protocols as well, as future maternal health improvement goals at the medical center.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Serving Rural America: Health Insurance Providers at Work
Offers 5 case studies to showcase the ways in which health insurance providers are working to ensure access to high quality healthcare in rural areas. Examples feature 8 insurance providers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon sharing different approaches to healthcare delivery, financing, and community engagement.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AHIP
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Rural Success: Dahl Memorial Healthcare Association, MT
Highlights a frontier Critical Access Hospital in Ekalaka, Montana, with a focus on their quality improvement efforts. Covers their plans for a new building, updated electronic health records system, antibiotic stewardship efforts, and training to improve Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC).
Citation: MBQIP Monthly, 1-2
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Coteau des Prairies (CDP) Health System: Improving Quality of Care
Features a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Sisseton, South Dakota that worked with the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project on care transitions and quality improvement. Highlights their successes improving finances, internal communication, patient satisfaction, physician documentation, and quality improvement infrastructure.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Success: Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, LA
Highlights the success of a Critical Access Hospital in Louisiana in receiving high cleanliness scores and care transitions scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Discusses their initiative to reduce C. difficile infections, strategies for communication and cleaning, emergency department transitions, and teamwork recognition.
Citation: MBQIP Monthly, 1-2
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Increasing Cancer Screening Rates: The Role of Nurse Navigators in Preventative Care
Highlights a community health center in Delaware that used nurse navigators to help increase screening rates for several types of cancer. Discusses the population served by the health center, the role of the nurse navigators and their use of electronic health records, and the impact of the program, which earned them a Quality Improvement Award. Includes program contact information.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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