Critical access hospital in South Dakota Achieves stage 1 meaningful use


Faulkton Area Medical Center (FAMC) a 12-bed critical access hospital in Faulkton, S.D., has met Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria using a certified electronic health record (EHR).   By successfully attesting for Stage 1 Meaningful Use with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Faulkton can receive payments from an EHR incentive payment program recently initiated in South Dakota.  The incentive payments would help FAMC partially recover costs already incurred to meet  federally mandated program guidelines.  FAMC is one of the first facilities in South Dakota to achieve this milestone. 

Since implementing their EHR more than 3 1/2 years ago, FAMC has experienced significant adoption among the hospital's staff.  The Stage 1 Meaningful Use attestation demonstrates the facility’s ability to satisfy federal standards as they demonstrate adoption of a certified electronic health record.

"After a lot of hard work, dedication and the determination of many people at FAMC, we have achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use," said Tom Hericks, Director of Nursing at Faulkton Area Medical Center. "We will continue to progress through this sometimes confusing and frustrating process.  HealthPOINT has been a great resource for us on this journey and we are fortunate to have them to assist us in achieving Meaningful Use.   We are very proud of our accomplishments here at FAMC and continue to work hard to meet and exceed the challenges placed on us.  Without a team effort by all, Meaningful Use Attestation would not have been possible."

FAMC is dedicated to the continual improvement of its healthcare services, programs and technologies that benefit patients and the dynamic community served by the hospital in the north central area, 60 miles from Aberdeen.  HealthPOINT, South Dakota’s Regional Extension Center based on the Dakota State University campus in Madison, was created to specifically help rural facilities like FAMC.

"Faulkton’s team has achieved what many others are still working towards and their dedication is remarkable.  As one of the first critical access hospitals in the state to achieve attestation, this is a milestone for their facility as well as their patients, who will all benefit.  Safety and quality of care are just a few benefits their EHR provides.  As they continue into the next stages, they will see even more benefits including reduced medical costs, as several studies have shown,” said Kevin Atkins, Engagement Manager for HealthPOINT.

About Faulkton Area Medical Center

Faulkton Area Medical Center is an independent, 12 bed critical access hospital operating in the county seat of Faulkton, South Dakota.  FAMC currently operates in a medical facility that was newly constructed in 2007, and in 2011 an Outpatient services addition was completed.  FAMC also has clinics in both Faulkton and Hoven.  Faulkton’s services include an in-house CT scan, bone density scan, a full lab and x-ray departments, Spirometry, as well as many other services.  A dedicated team of medical providers and clinical staff work together for the benefit of all they serve.

Additional information about FAMC can be obtained at

About HealthPOINT

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As a federally designated health information technology resource and support center for all South Dakota healthcare providers, HealthPOINT focuses on an action-based approach to propel providers in adopting electronic health record systems.  Since April of 2010, HealthPOINT has been using its broad, Health IT expertise to help PCPs, who face unique and complex challenges with EHR adoption, make a smooth transition to their EHR goals.  HealthPOINT gears its support to meet each practice’s specific needs – from identifying financial resources to negotiating with EHR vendors to redesigning office workflow.  Over 1,000 healthcare professionals are already working with HealthPOINT, the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) based at Dakota State University’s Center for the Advancement in Health IT (CAHIT).  

HealthPOINT was awarded through an objective review process by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), as the designated organization in South Dakota to support primary health care providers on EHR adoption and meaningful use.

CONTACT: Jeff Pickett, HealthPOINT Marketing/Training Coordinator: or call 605-360-7842 or visit the site at

Last Updated: 1/31/12