Small communities in a largely rural state, like North Dakota, have an increasing aging population with access to fewer health care resources. Tara Brander, DNP, FNP-C, family nurse practitioner with Ashley Medical Center, is on a mission to change that.

Tara is one of three nurse practitioners at Ashley Medical Center, which includes a 20-bed critical access hospital with an emergency room, two clinics and 40-bed skilled nursing facility. The medical center provides comprehensive care for dozens of surrounding communities, keeping individuals as close to home as possible.

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