Partnerships, Networks and Collaborations

Coal Country Community Health Center works cooperatively with several organizations in order to maximize the use of available resources. This cooperation between agencies enhances the ability of all partners to deliver and provide quality services within our communities. We believe that cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition, is vital, especially if service enhancement and sustainability is to succeed.

Since March of 2011, Sakakawea Medical Center (SMC) and Coal Country Community Health Center (CCCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), have developed a management and integrated governance model that encourages communication and transparency between the two agencies, while simultaneously meeting the programmatic and regulatory requirements that each organization must operate under. The arrangement consists of an Administrative Services Agreement that defines a shared CEO that optimizes community/service area leadership and the sharing of other resources. In conjunction, the relationship includes the provision that two (2) Board members serve on the other entity Board in order to insure transparency and remain focused on improving the delivery of healthcare. The relationship has also resulted in a collaborative community health needs assessment, strategic planning and community health improvement implementation plan. As a result, the two organizations have reduced, and in some cases eliminated, duplicative health care services provided within the community. Our agencies realize the positive effects of these collaborative efforts and through the coordination of services and resources; we are able to provide services in a more cost effective and efficient manner while improving quality and health outcomes.

Because of this unique collaborative leadership model, Sakakawea Medical Center and Coal Country Community Health Center were recognized as the 2015 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Outstanding Rural Health Organization.

While maintaining independent organizations, through the collaborative leadership model we have developed a synergy of patient focused care.

Collaborative Mission (SMC & CCCHC)

Working together as partners to enhance the lives of area residents by providing a neighborhood of patient centered healthcare services that promote wellness, prevention and care coordination.

Collaborative Vision (SMC & CCCHC)

To be the preeminent providers of innovative and collaborative healthcare services.

Cooperating Agencies Purpose, Service and/or Community Need
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Union State Bank
Knife River Care Center
The Coteau Properties Company
Coyote Creek Mining Company
Hazen Public Schools
Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care has combined resources to address and increase options for adequate child care within the service area.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Knife River Care Center
Bismarck State College
To improve staffing capacity by providing the Dakota Practical Nursing certification program locally.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Bottineau State College
To improve staffing capacity by providing the Medical Assistant certification program locally.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Mercer County Ambulance
Jointly sponsor and administer community classes to train residents in the American Health Association Heart Saver CPR/AED, First Aid and Basic Life Support.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Custer Health
Increase access to immunizations with the service area by jointly sponsoring and administering immunization clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
CHI St. Alexius Health
Sanford Health
Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic
Miracle Ear
Increase access to specialized health care services for area residents.
Sakakawea Medical Center
North Dakota Women's Way
Provides a way for eligible women to receive and pay for breast cancer screenings.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Dakota Westmoreland Corporation
Dakota Gasification Company
Roughrider Electric Company
West River Telecommunications
Knife River Care Center
Employee Health and Worksite Wellness Programs
Employee Health Screenings
Employee Regulation Testing (DOT requirements)
Occupational Health
Health and Wellness Education Programs for Coop members
Health Screenings for Coop members
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Utilize and cooperatively share expertise and professional staff for information technology, fiscal management, human resources and medical facility administration.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Sakakawea Medical Center
Knife River Care Center
Mercer County Ambulance
NDSU Extension – Mercer County
Custer Health
Southwestern District Health Unit
Hill Top Home of Comfort
Have joined forces to assess, strategically plan and implement a collaborative healthcare delivery model that will guide each agency in meeting the current and future health care needs of Mercer, Oliver and Dunn Counties.
  • Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Community Health Improvement Implementation Plan
  • Population/Behavioral Health Workgroup