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Rural Hospital Resources

Within the 32 county Iroquois region, 35 hospitals are designated as rural and within that rural designation, 13 hospitals are further designated as Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).  There are currently 17 hospitals with the Critical Access Hospital designation in New York State.  For a listing of Critical Access Hospitals in New York, click here.

According to the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS), a hospital that meets the following criteria may be designated as a Critical Access Hospital:

  1. Is located in a state that has established a Medicare rural hospital flexibility program with CMS;
  2. Has been designated as a CAH by the state;
  3. Is currently participating in Medicare as a rural public, non-profit or for-profit hospital: or was a participating hospital that ceased operation during the 10-year period from 11/29/1989 to 11/29/1999; or is a health clinic or health center that was downsized from a hospital;
  4. Is located in a rural area or is treated as rural;
  5. Is located more than a 35-mile drive from any other hospital or CAH;
  6. Maintains no more than 25 inpatient beds;
  7. Maintains an annual average length of stay of 96 hours per patient for acute inpatient care;
  8. Complies with all CAH Conditions of Participation, including the requirement to make available 24-hour emergency care services 7 days per week;
  9. A CAH may also be granted “swing-bed” approval to provide post-hospital Skilled Nursing Facility-level care in its inpatient beds.

For more information, contact Allan Filler at 518-348-7440 or

New York Rural Health Resources

Adirondack Rural Health Network

New York State Association for Rural Health

National Rural Health Resources

AHA Section for Small and Rural Hospitals  (American Hospital Association)

HRSA Rural Health  (Health Resources and Services Administration)

National Rural Development Partnership  (United States Department of Agriculture)

National Rural Health Resources Center  (Nonprofit Organization)

National Rural Health Association  (Nonprofit Organization)

Rural Assistance Center (Health and Human Services Information for Rural America)

Rural Health Information Center  (United States Department of Agriculture)

Rural Health Research Gateway  (Office of Rural Health Policy)

Sole Community Hospital Rural Health Fact Sheet  (CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

U.S. Census Urban and Rural Classification

Rural Health Research Centers  The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) currently funds 7 rural health research centers.

Maine Rural Health Research Center  (University of Southern Maine)
Health Insurance and the Uninsured, Long Term Services and Supports, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Mental Health, Substance Abuse

The North Carolina Rural Health Research & Policy Analysis Center  (University of N.C.)
Medicare, Medicaid and S-CHIP, Health Care Financing, Health Policy

North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center  (University of N.D.)
Health Policy, Health Services, Frontier health, Workforce

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis  (University of Iowa)
Health Policy, Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA), Health Insurance and the Uninsured, Health Services

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center  (University of South Carolina)
Health Disparities, Minority Health, Health Services

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Quality, Health Information Technology, Health Services

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) (University of Washington)
Workforce, Health Services

Other Regional, State, and University Rural Resources

Center for Rural Health  (University of North Dakota)

Flex Monitoring Team (CAH resources, Universities of Maine, Minnesota, and N.C.)

NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis  (University of Chicago)

Rural Policy Research Institute - RUPRI (Iowa State University, Universities of Missouri and Nebraska)

Southwest Rural Health Research Center  (Texas A&M University)


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