Subscribe to the SHIP email group

We offer a "listserv" email group that lets members of the list send emails to all subscribers. To apply for joining the SHIP group, please complete the form below. Allow two business days for processing.

The Kansas Small Hospital Improvement Program is a federal-supported program to support small rural hospitals activities related to quality improvement and investments towards meaningful use of health information technology.

The Kansas SHIP is managed by the by State Office of Rural Health within the Bureau of Community Health Systems at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE has contracted with Healthworks to administer this program.  The SHIP is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

2023-2024 Grant Year Documents

ICD-11 Training

Important note: Preparation for ICD-11 is a requirement for participation in the SHIP grant.  Participation in the webinar at 10 am on May 21 will meet this requirement for the SHIP 2023-2024 year which ends on May 31, 2024. Click HERE to register.

ICD-11 Brochure 5-21-24

Purchasing Guidelines

Reporting Deadlines


The FY23 SHIP Year-end Expense Report will be due June 30, 2024. It is in Excel format. A sample report has been completed to help you navigate the new form.

A report must be submitted from each facility, even if all expenditures were reported on the mid-year report. If submitting expenditures, remember to provide receipts and/or invoices with the expenditures.


2024-2025 Grant Year Documents

Reporting Deadlines

How does the SHIP work?

Hospitals receive direct grant funds, ranging between $10,000 and $12,000, to use towards:

  • Improving data collection activities in order to facilitate reporting to Hospital Compare.
  • Maintaining accurate billing and coding systems.
  • Building accountability across the continuum of care and improving care transitions between ambulatory and acute, acute to upstream acute and acute to step-down facility.
  • Improving quality outcomes. Focus on activities that support QI such as reduction of medical errors as well as education and training in data collection and reporting and bench marking.

Who is Eligible for SHIP grants?
To be eligible for these grants, a hospital must be: 1) 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital’s most recently filed Medicare Cost Report; 2) in a rural area, (located outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area or located in a rural census tract of a MSA as determined under the Goldsmith Modification); and 3) defined as a non-federal, short-term, general acute care facility.

Hospitals with SHIP grant-specific questions, please contact Healthworks at or Susan Pattie at


Quarterly Webinars

Click on the links below to listen to the recordings and view the slides of previous SHIP Quarterly Webinars.  To register for the next SHIP Quarterly Webinar on June 12, 2024, go to

March 12, 2024 Recording and Slides

December 14, 2023 Recording and Slides

September 14, 2023 Recording and Slides

June 14, 2023 Recording and Slides