BATESVILLE (Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021) – On Feb. 10, the Biden-Harris Administration announced Margaret Mary Health President and CEO Dr. Tim Putnam will be one of 12 members who serve on its COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Representing a diversity of backgrounds and expertise, the task force is charged with reviewing the challenges associated with COVID-19 for all Americans, with a special focus on communities of color and underserved populations.
“It is quite an honor to serve on a task force designed to address the health challenges facing our nation today,” said Dr. Putnam. “Over the past decade, Margaret Mary Health has placed a particular focus on advancing access to care for those we serve. When the pandemic hit last spring, I saw our healthcare professionals step up, alongside members of our community, to provide innovative care to those who needed it most. As a member of this task force, my goal is to share our successes with others while bringing to light the challenges faced in rural communities like ours. It is my hope we find a way to address health inequities while ending this pandemic for all Americans.”
Read the official announcement from the White House here:
ABOUT MARGARET MARY HEALTH
Located in Batesville, Indiana, Margaret Mary Health is a not-for-profit, critical-access hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient services. Employing nearly 850 team members, the hospital has grown to include oncology and rehab centers and primary and minor care services in nearby communities. MMH serves a population of more than 65,000 residents in Ripley, Franklin and surrounding counties. To learn more about our services, visit mmhealth.org.
About Tim Putnam, DHA, EMT
Tim Putnam is President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health and has more than 30 years of healthcare experience. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina where his dissertation was focused on acute stroke care in rural hospitals. He is a past president of the Indiana Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Association, and currently serves on the Indiana Board of Graduate Medical Education.