November 2002

Rural Facilities Receive Hospital Improvement Grants

Eighteen rural facilities within Catholic Health Initiatives will receive a total of $175,770 through the federal Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant Program. Each facility has been awarded a grant of $9,765. "We’re pleased that our facilities were willing to apply for these grants and hope they will help with the important work of caring for their rural communities," said Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy for Catholic Health Initiatives. The SHIP grant program provides funds to rural hospitals with 49 or fewer beds to help pay for implementing prospective payment systems; complying with provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); and reducing medical errors and improving quality. State health offices, which submitted consolidated grant applications for their eligible hospitals, will receive the funds from the Department of Health and Human Services and will distribute the money. The following facilities will receive grants: Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center Albany, Minn. Carrington Health Center Carrington, N.D. Gettysburg Medical Center Gettysburg, S.D. LakeWood Health Center Baudette, Minn. Lisbon Area Health Services Lisbon, N.D. Maude Norton Memorial Hospital Columbus, Kan. Mercy Hospital Corning, Iowa Mercy Hospital Valley City, N.D. Mercy Medical Center Centerville, Iowa Oakes Community Hospital Oakes, N.D. Our Lady of the Way Hospital Martin, Ky. St. Anthony Hospital Pendleton, Ore. St. Elizabeth Health Services Baker City, Ore. St. Francis Medical Center Breckenridge, Minn. St. Gabriel’s Hospital Little Falls, Minn. St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Park Rapids, Minn. St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Larned, Kan. St. Mary’s Hospital Nebraska City, Neb. For more information, contact Colleen Scanlon at