Topics: Critical Access Hospitals

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Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

OSF Center for Health - Streator campus


First conceptualized in the 1970s, but not widely adopted in rural communities, freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have been getting another look as a sustainable rural option. This article discusses hospital-based vs. independent FSEDs, the model’s financial viability, and highlights two FSEDs meeting their communities’ healthcare needs in Arizona and Illinois.

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November 30, 2016

Illinois Network Puts Hospitals’ Needs First

ICAHN logo


Since its start, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network has designed services to meet the needs of rural hospitals across the state. Through leveraging FORHP funds and their partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, ICAHN has helped 54 hospitals transition from competition to collaboration.

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May 31, 2016

Providing Patients with Access to Nutritious Food

Tray of food prepared by Fairview Hospital's foodservice


Money, distance, and lack of education are just a few barriers between rural Americans and nutritious food. Find out how a Critical Access Hospital, a prescription program, and a research project are creating tangible examples of how to promote nutrition and increase patients’ access to healthy food.

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March 30, 2016

An Interview with Darrold Bertsch

Darrold Bertsch


The shared CEO of both a North Dakota Critical Access Hospital and a Federally Qualified Health Center discusses how these two essential safety net providers work together to meet the healthcare needs of their rural region.

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September 2, 2015

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!

Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

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August 20, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

What are the important events from 2002 to 2012 and what lies ahead in the next decade? Six people involved in rural health and human services weigh in.

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February 21, 2013