Community Memorial Hospital


Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) is a 25-bed critical access hospital (CAH) located in Cloquet, Minnesota. They are dedicated to their mission, which is to improve and enhance the health and well being of individuals and their community through education, prevention, treatment and intervention.

In 2017, the hospital began participating in Rural Health Innovation’s Integrative Behavioral Health Program funded by the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

Project Goals
  • To obtain faster screenings to reduce readmissions to the emergency department (ED) and hospital 
  • Create a directory of community services 
Target Population 18-60 year old's with substance abuse and alcohol withdrawal 

Strategic Objectives

  • Healthy community activities 
  • Community sharing and assets 
  • Provider sharing 
  • Educate staff and community on mental health and stigma
  • Improve outcomes, such as increase the number of assessments being done in the ED for mental health and decrease length of stay in the ED 

Positive Outcomes Within 12 Months 

  • Increased scheduling patients from ED into family clinic 
  • Increased utilization of external programs for mental health assessments 
  • Increased utilization of mental health services 
  • Decreased ED length of stay 
    • Pre-project - 222 minutes 
    • Quarter 1 - 181 minutes 
    • Quarter 2 - 273 minutes 
    • Quarter 3 - 244 minutes 
    • Quarter 4 - 171 minutes 

Top Accomplishments 

  • Increased collaboration with community members
  • Promoted Carlton County Resource Guide (including info about housing, food, suicide hotline, etc.) for local resources
  • Created “resource wall” for patients and families in the ED
  • Implemented PHQ9 in ED and family clinic
  • Successfully initiated facility events to eliminate stigma

This project is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H54RH00023. The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA or HHS is intended or should be inferred.