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NRHA President Talks Challenges, Rewards of Rural Health

NRHA President Talks Challenges, Rewards of Rural Health

October 29, 2019 02:58 pm Sheri Porter – Many U.S. family physicians work in small rural community hospitals; they also lead health care teams in those facilities and interact closely with their hospital administrators. One such hospital executive is Tim Putnam, D.H.A., president and CEO of Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Ind., and president of the National Rural Health Association

In mid-September, the NRHA held its annual Rural Health Clinic Conference and Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Putnam opened the second conference with a presentation that highlighted the administrative challenges of providing rural health care. A few weeks later, Putnam shared his thoughts about rural health with AAFP News.

Before getting to any questions, Putnam noted that during his NRHA presidency, he’s come to have great respect for the AAFP and its mission. “Family physicians are held in high regard throughout rural America, and many have worked with NRHA to help us achieve many of our goals,” said Putnam. “There are some clear natural synergies and opportunities that the NRHA and the AAFP share, and those make us good partners in our mission to improve rural health.”

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