West River’s affiliated network wins national award

The Northland Healthcare Alliance in Bismarck was recognized as the 2016 NCHN Outstanding Network during the National Cooperative of Health Networks Awards Luncheon held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 2016

West River (RGB)The Northland Healthcare Alliance in Bismarck was recognized as the 2016 NCHN Outstanding Network during the National Cooperative of Health Networks Awards Luncheon held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 2016. The award was accepted by the network’s president, Mr. Tim Cox. The Outstanding Network Award recognizes any network or entire network organization that has improved access to health services in its service area and coordination of resources for network members through innovate, comprehensive approaches.

Northland Healthcare Alliance is old on the scale of healthcare networks in existence, but it is still vibrant. The network business is ever changing and this network has been able to adapt and flourish. Northland Healthcare Alliance began in 1996 by a group of healthcare administrators that felt that there was strength in numbers. The organization’s roots started with a task force foundation using small groups of varied specialists who created programs and shared ideas that made more sense working together. Current membership includes: Benedictine Health System, Benedictine Living Center of Garrison, Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital, Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center, Linton Hospital, McKenzie County Healthcare Services, Mobridge Regional Hospitals & Clinics, PBVM – CHI, Prince of Peace Care Center, Sakakawea Medical Center, Southwest Healthcare Services, St. Benedict’s Health Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Health Center, West River Regional Medical Center and Wishek Community Hospital.

Since its foundation, Northland had evolved into seven different corporations and gone through a metamorphosis down to four. This group of acute care facilities, long-term care facilities and clinics has accomplished much.  Northland has developed revenue producing operations such as Mobile Imaging, Bio-Medical Services, Sterilizer Maintenance, a PACE operation located in three communities, a Nationally Recognized Care Coordination Program and an Accounts Collection Service. In addition, the network does group purchasing for supplies, anesthesia equipment maintenance, bulk natural gas and broadband telecommunication through Health Connect. The organization has developed its own leadership training course and provides continual sharing of network ideas with any group at their request.

Though Northland has not depended on grant funding as the main source of sustenance, Northland has written many funding applications and has received over $12,000,000 in awards to augment services in the network. Northland has always felt that success as a network was based on diversification. Northland has had several ventures fail but the membership continues to participate because of the value they receive from being part of a collaborative network, including saving thousands of dollars annually. Recently, the network purchased a 26,000 square foot building to house all of Northland’s services together, including the majority of Northland’s ninety employees. Northland is expanding its work in the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) environment and has expanded its work with Community Health Needs Assessment reporting.

For more information about the Northland Healthcare Alliance Network please visit their website at northlandhealth.com.

NCHN is a national professional membership organization comprised of health networks, alliances and consortiums dedicated to supporting and strengthening health networks. For more information about NCHN please visit their website at www.nchn.org







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