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Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

Hospitals provide 24-hour medical care for short-term illnesses and injuries.

Critical access hospitals provide care to people living in rural areas. This includes:

  • Emergency care.
  • Care for short-term illnesses.
  • Help for people who need resources for rehabilitation or other care services after hospitalization.

Finding and Choosing a Hospital

Contact us

For questions about hospitals or critical access hospitals, contact the Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance (DQA):

Critical access hospital contacts

General information
Kathryn Miller, rural hospitals initiatives program manager and flex coordinator
608-261-1891 or 800-385-0005, ext. 26
Information about critical access hospitals

Wisconsin Rural Health Association
Dr. Bruce Kraus

Critical access hospital resources

Additional contacts

Compliance history

Nurse consultant, Wisconsin hospital rules and regulations

Denise Balboa

Pharmacy consultant

Douglas Englebert

Life safety code (consultant)

David Soens

State licensure and Medicaid/Medicare certification

Thomas Rylander

Swing bed (minimum data set or patient-driven payment model)

Heather Newton

Survey inspection process supervisors

Kelly Terrab

Sara Schmidt



Fire reporting

All fires in a licensed facility in Wisconsin must be reported to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) within 72 hours. To report a fire, complete and submit the Health Care Facility Fire Report, F-62500.

For questions regarding fire reporting, contact DQA Fire Authority:

Additional information is provided in DQA numbered memo 23-002 (PDF).

Related topics

Last revised December 1, 2023