Critical access facilities—hospitals of 25 or fewer beds—were created to meet the needs of medically underserved communities. This article details their scope and function and discusses new professional opportunities these venues offer nurses.
Sharon Moutoux Gaston is the assistant CEO, infection control director, and risk manager at Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, W.V. Barbara Wyand Walker is an infection control coordinator at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.V.
The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.