Ortonville Area Health Services


Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS) is a 15-bed critical access hospital (CAH) located in Ortonville, Minnesota. They are dedicated to their mission, which is to provide personalized, high quality and compassionate care through caring professionals in a healing environment. 

In 2016, 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 Goal Increase coordination with individuals 18-64 years old with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse
Target Population 18-64 years old with diagnosis of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse 

Strategic Objectives

  • Understand release of information for mental health care between provider offices 
  • Increase consumer supports
  • Enhance marketing of resources
  • Improve care coordination between community and OAHS entities across the continuum

Positive Outcomes Within 12 Months 

  • Increased number of staff who participated in Mental Health First Aid training 
  • Increased use of Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment in emergency department for mental health patients 
    • Pre project - 0% 
    • Quarter 1 - 79% 
    • Quarter 2 - 80% 
    • Quarter 3 - 89% 
    • Quarter 4 - 96% 

Top Accomplishments 

  • Mental Health First Aid training available to community and all OAHS staff, once all staff trained, then annual thereafter for new employee and new community staff (law enforcement, social services, public health, and more)
  • Increased community and staff awareness of available resources through OAHS website links and handouts in waiting rooms
  • Increased community agency collaboration by breaking down silos; Quarterly Mental Health Taskforce meetings with community entities

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.