Critical access hospitals

  • People in need of acute care services due to pregnancy, illness or injury who live in rural/frontier areas.
  • Main campus hospital services: 
    • Inpatient and outpatient acute care services and emergency services. 
    • Emergency services are usually provided 24/7. On-call services will be available within 30 minutes. If the hospital is located in a rural frontier area, on-call services will be provided within 60 minutes. 
    • Emergency services may be provided by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist with training or experience in emergency care.
  • Off-campus location services: 
    • Outpatient services.
Licensed staff routinely on-site
  • Physician extenders (i.e., advanced nurse practitioners or physician assistants) and nurses. Some facilities, but not all, routinely have physicians on-site.